• July
02 June / Tue 19:00–21:30
Broadcast. L'écume des jours
E. Denisov
Lyrical drama in 3 acts (14 scenes)
Libretto by Edison Denisov, based on the novel of the same title by Boris Vian
The opera was written in 1981. This version was first performed in Perm in 1989

Working on the opera L'écume des jours (1981) based on the surrealistic novel by Boris Vian, Edison Denisov was composing it “without any commission, just for oneself”. As he later confessed, he was attracted by the tragic story of fragile and tender love between Chloe and Colin exposed to cruel reality of life as much as by the special musicality of the novel. The world premiere performance was given at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1986 and marked Denisov’s absolute acknowledgement in Europe. The magazine L'Humanité Dimanche noticed then that scoring was “transparent and pure as characters’ feelings”, and the newspaper La Croix proclaimed L'écume des jours “The Tristan heard by Mozart and La Traviata heard by Debussy”.  

Perm performance of 1989 (conductor Georgy Muratov, stage director Vyacheslav Golod and set designer Viktor Gerasimenko) is the first and still the only staging of this opera in Russia. Audience remembered it first of all as a performance full of light – “Is it the light of transparent music with its world of semitones? Or the light from a play of huge mirror surfaces that set is made of (a coulisse-long mirror ‘dragging in’ all the levels [of the theatre])? Or, maybe, it is the light of the fragile love of our two characters…?” 

Age category: 12+
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Number of intermissions: 2
Musical Director and Conductor: Georgy Muratov
Stage Director: Vyacheslav Golod
Set Designer: Viktor Gerasimenko
Costume Designers: Sergei Svetlakov, S. Gotlif
Chorus Master: Vladimir Vasiliev
Conductor: Yuri Sosnin
Chorus Master of the Children’s Theatre Studio: Tatiana Filatova (Stepanova)
Consultant Director: Emil Pasynkov
Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre