Doctor Haass


Doctor Haass
Alexey Sergunin
Opera-collage in 11 episodes
Duration: 50 minutes without intermission

Language of the performance – Russian, performed without subtitles

Stage Director  – Denis Azarov
Music Director  –  Valery Kiryanov
Set Designer  – Dmitry Gorbas
Costume designer – Vanya Bowden
Light designer  – Denis Enyukov

World Premiere: 16.04.2016

An opera by a young contemporary composer Alexey Sergunin, libretto by Lyudmila Ulitskaya. Biography of Theodore Haas, Russian doctor of German origin, a philanthropist, known as the "saint doctor", became the basis of libretto.

Doctor Haas, a member of the Moscow committee of prisons and the Chief Doctor of the Moscow prisons, devoted his life to alleviation of the plight of prisoners and convicts. He fought for the improvement of the life of the prisoners and managed to have liberated the old and the sick from the shackles; abolition of the iron rod, which chained 12 exiles, who followed  from Moscow to Siberia; cancellation of shaving half of the head among women. He initiated opening of the prison hospital and a school for children of prisoners. He collected medications and supplied the poor patients with them. He fought for the abolition of the right of landowners to exile serfs. He spent all his savings for charity.

In 1809 and 1810 years he traveled to the Caucasus to study the mineral springs. Investigated Kislovodsk and Zheleznovodsk opened water sources, first reported on the sources of Yessentuki.

Alexey Sergunin
Born in 1988 in Barnaul. After graduating from music school, he became a student Moscow Music College of Performing Arts named after Chopin (Moscow, 2005), graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2013 (piano class of professor K. V. Knorre, composition - the class of Professor A. V. Tchaikovsky). Winner of international competitions, pianist and composer, the author of his own transcriptions of major orchestral works such as "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra "Century Rolls" by John Adams. In addition, he is actively involved in jazz improvisation, as a participant and composer group «The SEMV" (Synthesis of Aesthetics of Modern and Baroque), and one of the organizers of the Festival of Individual Projects (Moscow, 2007-2009). More info -

Ludmila Ulitskaya
Russian novelist and screenwriter. The first woman winner of the "Russian Booker" (2001) for the novel "The Case of Kukotskiy".
Ulitskaya is a member of the Board of Trustees of  "Vera", the Moscow Hospice Charity Fund.

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