Black Square

opera in two acts

Idea by Igor Konyukhov
Libretto by Olga Maslova and Igor Konyukhov

Music Director and Conductor:

Ilya Demutsky

The world premiere took place on November 28, 2018 at New Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)


“Black Square acknowledges artistic response to that era’s large-scale upheaval while allowing us to sense ongoing relevance. Demutsky evokes, in a contemporary way, some of the rhythmic incision and colorful flair of several well-known Soviet musicians. The libretto cautions against political manipulation, and contains much that is bizarre, leveraging ironic distance while suggesting that stable kinds of meaning are elusive”

— Katherine Syer, for Lyric Theatre quarterly newletter, January 2018

“ Black Square is an English-language, avant-garde opera, created first and foremost for American audiences: not a museum piece but a new work of theatre, intended to bring something of Kruchenykh and Malevich to life today, simultaneously moving and delighting contemporary audiences.”

— Jessica Hinds-Bond, for The Theatre Times, December 2017

“With music by Ilya Demutsky and libretto by Olga Maslova and Igor Konyukhov, the opera is a two-act futuristic tragicomedy that “mixes intellectual traditions of Russian avant-garde and fast pacing style of an action thriller.” The work is reportedly inspired by the 1913 opera “Victory over the Sun.””

— David Salazar for Opera Wire, November 2018