Life with an Idiot
|Life with an Idiot|
|Opera by Alfred Schnittke|
Жизнь с идиотом
13 April 1992
Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam
Life with an Idiot (Russian: Жизнь с идиотом, Zhizn s idiotom ) is an opera by the Russian composer Alfred Schnittke to a Russian libretto by Viktor Erofeyev. An allegory of Soviet oppression, the opera was first performed at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, on 13 April 1992.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast|
Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
|I||baritones||Dale Duesing/Romain Bischoff|
|Marcel Proust||baritone||Robbin Leggate|
As a punishment for not working hard enough, "I" is forced by the authorities to live with an idiot. He chooses Vova from a lunatic asylum. Vova is only capable of speaking a single word: "Ech".
At first Vova behaves well but then he suddenly begins to make a nuisance of himself, including tearing up I's wife's copy of the works of Marcel Proust. I and his wife go to live in another room and Vova calms down. I's wife falls in love with Vova and becomes pregnant by him. Then Vova and I turn on the wife. Vova kills her and I becomes an idiot.
- Life with an Idiot (live recording of premiere cast), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rostropovich (Sony)
- Penguin, p. 382.