The Ukrainian opera was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Award of Great Britain

The Ukrainian opera was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Award of Great Britain

Multimedia opera “Chernobyldorf” Ukrainian composers Roman Grigoriev and Ilya Razumeyka nominated for the Award of the Royal Philharmonic Society of Great Britain.

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The British premiere took place during the festival Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), which took place within the Great Britain/Ukraine Season of Culture. It was “Chornobildorf” that became the opening event of the festival.

After a sold-out performance of the opera at the festival, it received favorable reviews from the British press. And later she was nominated in the category “Opera and musical theater” Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

British premiere of “Chernobyldorf”. Photo: Jon Spaull / British Council

Royal Philharmonic Society of Great Britain – one of the oldest musical societies in the world. It was founded in 1813. His prize has been awarded since 1989 for live performance of classical music.

Even we did not expect this– commented on the nomination in the formation Opera Aperta. – The opera-nominated award reviews hundreds of diverse entries each year, with shortlists and winners selected by panels of UK classical music experts“.

British premiere of “Chernobyldorf”. Photo: Jon Spaull / British Council

About “Chernobyldorf”

Composers in 2020 Roman Grigoriev and Ilya Razumeyko told that they are working on a new project – an archaeological opera “Chernobyldorf”. According to them, its creation was inspired by the stories of the Zventendorf and Chornobyl nuclear plants.

Then it was announced that “Chernobyldorf” will tell about the descendants of humanity, who survived a series of man-made and climatic disasters and are now building a post-apocalyptic settlement on the ruins of a nuclear plant. “The creation of the opera will be based on the method of multi-level cultural and media archeology, expedition work and residential rehearsals“, said Hryhoriv.

Rehearsals at the Art Arsenal. Photo: Artem Galkin

Hryhoriv and Razumeyko combined folk and classical singing with theater, dance and unique musical instruments in the work.

On October 31, 2020, the premiere of the opera took place at the Art Arsenal. In addition to composers and opera soloists, a Ukrainian poet was involved in the premiere Yuriy IzdrykAustrian actress Ann Bennent, choreographer Khrystyna Slobodyanuk and a dancer Maria Potapenko.

Izdryk at the premiere in the Art Arsenal. Photo: Artem Galkin

In 2021, the Chornobyldorf opera won five theater awards GRA award festival.

Also this year, it was included in the six best operas and musical theater performances according to the version Music Theater Now – a competition founded by the International Theater Institute and the Rotterdam Opera Festival, with the support of the world’s leading modern opera festivals.

“Chernobyldorf” gives you a stunning and wondrous, archaic yet modern artistic vision of what life after the apocalypse might be like. It’s a true spectacle that combines a multitude of rituals, visuals, movements and sounds that seem familiar and yet you have never experienced“, said then about the Ukrainian production of the MTNow 2021 jury.

In the year of the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the opera was shown a lot abroad – in Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Lithuania.

British premiere of “Chernobyldorf”. Photo: Jon Spaull / British Council

In 2023, the Chornobyldorf opera was shown for two consecutive days, on May 1 and 2, in Liverpool at the Eurofestival preceding the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. It was hosted by Britain on behalf of Ukraine.

At the end of 2023, the opera returned to Ukraine again – in November, it was shown on the stage of the century-old Operetta Theater.

Screening of “Chornobildorf” in Kyiv

Now “Chernobyldorf” is on tour in New York.

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