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Fidelio in the Gulag

In collaboration with SCDLP Architects and Jordan Hodgson
Perm Regional Prize for Arts and Culture, June 2011


In July 2010, a historic production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, took place as a site-specific performance in the former Gulag camp, Perm 36. The site, on the Siberian border, was the last functioning Gulag in Russia. It was finally closed in 1988 by Gorbachev and is now a World Heritage Site.

This unique production arose through a collaboration between Director Michael Hunt, Architect Charlotte Skene Catling and George Isaakyan, the Intendant of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre – one of Russia’s most important opera houses.

“The universal nature of the themes will extend the piece beyond Russia and the 20th century, to act as a witness to all victims of persecution and oppression. The approach of the production will open up the piece as a reflection on the past and a warning for the future. This will be art at its most powerful, as an agent of memory, transformation and catharsis.”
 
 
© Thomas Greenall