With “Prosa” director and composer Vladimir Rannev has created his own genre. This opera artfully blends two stories of Russian realism into a new multimedia stage work. Marina Alexeeva’s comic-like animations visualize Yury Mamleev’s “The Groom”. After the death of their seven-year-old daughter in a car accident, the Kondratovs have to learn to live again. They see their rescue in the “adoption” of Vanya Gadov, who involuntarily caused the death of their daughter. Initially anxious, this thoughtless truck driver, an orphan, increasingly turns into a tyrant. From the second story, Anton Chekhov’s “The Steppe”, a vocal ensemble sings fragments. The boy Jegoruschka leaves his home village to be raised by distant relatives. Nature around him begins to resemble his mother, while the new world waiting for him is unclear and frightening. Yegorushka must find a way to live in this world and perhaps even be successful – that is, to transform into Mamleev’s Vanya.
Both stories show an individual in the midst of a traumatic and dangerous world. Through the artistic levels of image and song, “Prosa” makes the complexity of relationships in our modern society poetically perceptible and develops a powerful suction of images and sounds that is difficult to escape.
The National Theatre Prize of Russia “Golden Mask” 2019
The Russian Opera Prize “Casta Diva” 2018
The “Pure sound” Award for the CD with “Prosa” 2019
The Prize of the Association of Music Critics 2018
Vladimir Rannev was born in Moscow in 1970. He works as a composer, music historian and university lecturer at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (analysis of the musical form) and at the St. Petersburg State University (music history). He also works as a music critic and columnist for the newspaper “Kommersant” and the magazine “Afischa”. In 2003 he studied composition with Prof. Boris Tischenko at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and then electronic music with Prof. Humpert at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik. As a composer, Vladimir Rannev devotes himself to classical symphonic orchestral and chamber music formations as well as experimental instrumental and vocal formations. Vladimir Rannev has received several national and international awards for his work.
In recent years, the Electroteatr Stanislawski from Moscow has become one of the most important centres and laboratories of contemporary music theatre. Under the direction of director Boris Yukhananov, the Elektroteatr has been created as a unique art and meeting place in the heart of Moscow, which is a stepping stone for numerous young artists. The house is known for its open dialogue between artists and the public.
Duration: approx. 1 hour 20 min.
Director and Composition: Vladimir Rannev
Facilities: Marina Alexeeva
Light: Sergei Vasilyev
Musical direction: Arina Zvereva
With: N’Caged Ensemble: Sergei Malinin, Dmitry Matvienko, Olga Rossini, Arina Zvereva; Stanislavsky Electrotheatre Choir: Alina Gorina, Alyona Kakhuta, Tatyana Perevalova, Maria Menshenina, Ilona Bul, Alyone Fyodorova, Yelena Byrkina