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Kafkian theme in modern musical theater: Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera “Before the law”, Philippe Manoury’s opera “K…”, and Michael Levinas’s opera "Metamorphosis"
Lavrova Svetlana Vital'evna

Doctor of Art History

associate professor, prorector for research and development at Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet

191023, Russia, g. Saint Petersburg, ul. Zodchego Rossi, 2

slavrova@inbox.ru
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Abstract.

The article contains the analysis of modern operas based on the works by Franz Kafka. The article studies the list of 24 operas based on Kafka’s plots. The works most frequently used for  opera interpretations are “The Trial”, “The Castle” and “The Metamorphosis”. The genre range is also immense: from academic interpretations of the opera genre and avant-garde renditions to jazz opera and musicals. The author focuses on the three operas: Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Before the Law”, Philippe Manoury’s “K…”, and Michael Levinas’s "Metamorphosis". The subject scope of Kafka’s prose is very diverse; he refers to the problem of bureaucratization of the society in “The trial”, analyzes the essence of totalitarianism (“In the Penal Colony”), poetics and psychoanalytical essence of dreamings in “The Metamorphosis”. The author concludes that, in the Kafkian world, each composer finds not only themes close to their creative ideas, such as exterminative absolute power of bureaucracy, solitude and demolition of human relations, “body rebellion”, impossibility to find the answer to the fundamental questions of existence, but also a starting point of bright spatial-sound images.
 

Keywords: post-serialism, Kafka theme, modern opera, Michael Levinas, Philippe Manoury, Salvatore Sсiarrino, Franz Kafka, french spectral school, acousmatic music, live-electronik

DOI:

10.7256/2453-613X.2019.1.29024

Article was received:

20-02-2019


Review date:

24-02-2019


Publish date:

12-03-2019


This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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