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As part of the university-wide symposium 10 days that shook the world, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois will showcase a performance of Russian opera scenes From Prince Igor to Black Square, followed by a panel discussion with artists and scholars.


Together with scenes from such Russian classics as Prince Igor, Eugene Onegin, and several others, Lyric Theatre is proud to present the workshop of the first act of a new opera Black Square.


The futuristic plot of the Black Square tells a tragicomic love story of a couple swept by the revolution and caught in the societal metamorphosis. It mixes the intellectual traditions of the Russian avant-garde with the fast-paced style of an action thriller. Inspired by the 1913 opera Victory over the Sun and Lenin-era science fiction writings, the opera explores the reverberations of old prophecies, and the universal themes of personal freedom and the price of conformity.

The idea of Black Square was conceived by Igor Konyukhov in 2013, the libretto was written by Igor Konyukhov and Olga Maslova (Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Music is by the Russian composer Ilya Demutsky. At only 34, Ilya is a rising star of contemporary composition. He is a winner of the Golden Mask, the highest honor in Russian theatre, which he received for the ballet Hero of Our Times at Bolshoi. He is a recipient of the Composer of the Year Award (European Oscar) for the Cannes Award winning film The Student. Ilya will be coming right after the opening night of his ballet Nureyev at Bolshoi Theater in Moscow(

Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Art

(500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801)

Dec 13, 2017   7:30 pm   

Free and open to the public.


 December 13, 2017

7:30 PM   

From Prince Igor to Black Square


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