Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 12:00
Music room of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre

Round table to mark the 100th anniversary of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre

In 2019, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The establishment of the Stanislavsky Music Theatre marked the beginning of what is now considered as the director’s opera phenomenon. It united the music projects of two Russian directors, Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, who shaped the development of contemporary theatre and other performing art forms. The 100th anniversary of this phenomenon gives us an excellent occasion to discuss the state of the art of opera, which is continues to develop in leaps and bounds. 

At this open event, organised by the Institute of Theatre and supported by the British Embassy Moscow, the French Institute and the French Embassy in Moscow, a round table of international and Russian specialists discussed opera’s place in society.

  • What does the audience need to know to enjoy opera?
  • What influences an opera’s audience, and how do new methods of viewing opera (e.g. cinema screenings) mediate the experience?
  • Who is responsible for the new in opera, and is conservatism a structural element of opera?
  • How accessible is the profession and who needs opera?

The round table was attended by the directors, performers and composers. Participating specialists include conductors Alexander Titel, Simon Stone, Stephen Langridge and Andrea Breth, directors Vladimir Jurowski and Raphaël Pichon, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, director of Opera Europe Nicholas Payne, soloist Nadia Mikael and critic Julia Bederova. 

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