chamber opera in 14 scenes
|Instrumentation:||5 singers and chamber orchestra|
|Story by:||Anton Chekhov|
|Adaption and libretto:||Lior Navok|
|Dramatis Personæ:||Sergey Borisovitch Bogdanov: Banker, age 55|
Valeri Andreyevich Smirnov: Law student, age 25
Leonid Pronin: Lawyer, age 50
Vladimir Uritzki: Judge, approaching 60
Watchman: age 40
|Orchestra:||1 flute / piccolo / alto flute|
1 oboe / English Horn
1 clarinet / bass clarinet
1 bassoon / contra bassoon
Capitalism critic alla Chekhov
Russia, November 1870. A greedy law student sneaks into a party of a ruthless banker just to find himself in the midst of a heated up argument: What is the better punishment – death sentence or life sentence?
The banker challenges the student: money as reward for a self-imprisonment.
One year? Two years? The deal is done:
Fifteen years – ten million; easy money.
Fifteen years: market changes; social changes; long time to reflect…
Would the banker be the same conceited person? Would the student still be greedy? And what would be the consequences?
contemporary chamber opera