Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998): Life with an idiot

Não, não é ele o idiota, ele é apenas Mstivlav Rostropovich
Não, não é ele o idiota, ele é apenas Mstivlav Rostropovich

Schnittke: Life With an Idiot

O libreto e o romance A vida com um Idiota, do compositor russo Alfred Schnittke, é de Viktor Erofeyev. A ópera foi apresentada pela primeira vez em Amsterdam, no ano de 1992. É uma alegoria da opressão soviética. Resumo resumidíssimo:

Primeiro ato: como castigo por não trabalhar duro o suficiente, “Eu” é forçado pelas autoridades a conviver com um idiota. Ele fica com Vova no manicômio. Vova só é capaz de falar uma única palavra: “Ech”.

Segundo ato: se no primeiro ato Vova se comportava razoavelmente bem, logo começa a comportar-se mal, inclusive rasgando as obras de Marcel Proust, pertencentes à mulher de “Eu”. “Eu” e sua esposa vão viver em um outro quarto e Vova acalma-se. A mullher de “Eu” acaba se apaixonando por Vova e fica grávida dele. Então Vova a mata e “Eu” torna-se um idiota.

Schnittke: Life with an idiot

1. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act One: Prologue, “Life with an idiot is full of surprises”
2. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, “My friends congratulated me on my idiot’
3. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, “I had been full of doubts and anxieties that winter’
4. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, “Everybody laughed”
5. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, “I pictured to myself a crafty and staid wise old man”
6. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, “Well look what’s happened – I’ve belched”
7. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, “Sometimes I mix up my dead wives”
8. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, “I’ve swapped a birdie for a pizza!”
9. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 1, Tango (Intermezzo)
10. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 2, “I said later that if I had gone”
11. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 2, “Look: my former fellow students”
12. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 2, “I got down to searching for the holy simpleton”
13. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 2, “Ekh!”
14. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 1: Scene 2, Intermezzo

1. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 1, “In the beginning Vova was very reserved”
2. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 1, “In the evenings, to prevent Vova suffering from insomnia”
3. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 1, “Once, on returning home, I chanced upon the following scene”
4. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 1, “A few days later Vova started tearing up the books”
5. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 1, “Suddenly, one fine day, he dumped a whole pile in the middle of the room”
6. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 1, “Ekh!”
7. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 1, Intermezzo
8. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “Vova has cleaned up his act a lot”
9. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “Don’t offend him. Don’t traumatise Vova”
10. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “Life with an idiot is full of surprises!”
11. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “I was intrigued as to which proclivities of Vova my wife bent over backwards to
12. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “Ekh!”
13. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “Well, and now, cock-sucking reader, whoever you are”
14. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “They made their home in the second room”
15. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “We beat her up, beat her up!”
16. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “Suddenly, the wife declares: ‘Vova! Either him…'”
17. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “I love you. Love!”
18. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “I am Renoir”
19. Life With an Idiot, opera in 2 acts: Act 2: Scene 2, “The guard treated me like I was one of the family”

Leonid Zimnenko, baixo
Dale Duesing, barítono
Howard Haskin, tenor
Robin Leggate, barítono (Marcel Proust)
Romain Bischof, barítono
Teresa Ringholz, soprano
Vocal Ensamble (Vocal coaching: Winfried Maczewbski)
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Mstislav Rostropovich, Cellist, Pianist, Conductor

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Cena de uma montagem da ópera "Life with an idiot"
Cena de uma montagem da ópera “Life with an idiot”

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