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09 April 2015 (Thu), 19:00 Moscow theatre "New Opera" - Opera Martynov "L`ecole des femmes (School for Wives)" Comic Opera

Schedule for Martynov "L`ecole des femmes (School for Wives)" Comic Opera 2019

Stage Director: Yuri Lubimov
Music Director: Vladimir Jurowski

Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the "New Opera" Theatre

Music director and conductor Dmitri Jurowski
Director and librettist Yuri Lyubimov
Set Designer Boris Messerer
Costumes Rustam Hamdamov
Choirmaster Julia Senyukova
Lighting Designer Sergei Skornetsky

The School for Wivesis a theatrical comedy written by the seventeenth century French playwright Moliere and considered by some critics to be one of his finest achievements. It was first staged at the Palais Royal theatre on 26 December 1662 for the brother of the King. The play depicts a character who is so intimidated by femininity that he resolves to marry his young, nave ward and proceeds to make clumsy advances to this purpose. It raised some outcry from the public, which seems to have recognized Molire as a bold playwright who would not be afraid to write about controversial issues. In June 1663, the playwright cunningly responded to the uproar against this play with another piece entitled La Critique de L'cole des femmes, in which he provided some explanation for his unique style of comedy. A musical adaptation entitled The Amorous Flea was staged off-Broadway in 1964.


Arnolphe, the main protagonist, is a man of 42 years who has groomed the young Agns since the age of 4. Arnolphe supports Agns living in a nunnery until the age of 17, when he removes her and moves her to one of his abodes, which he keeps under the name of Monsieur de la Souche. His intention is to bring up Agns in such a manner that she will be too ignorant to be unfaithful to him and he becomes obsessed with avoiding this fate. To this end, he forbids the nuns who are instructing her from teaching her anything that might lead her astray. Right from the very first scene, Chrysalde warns Arnolphe of his downfall, but Arnolphe takes no heed.
After Agns moves into Arnolphe's house, Horace arrives on the scene ahead of his father, Arnolphe's friend, Oronte. Horace immediately falls in love with Agns and she with him. Not realizing that Arnolphe and Monsieur de la Souche are the same person, Horace unwittingly confides all his activities with Agns to Arnolphe. Arnolphe then schemes to outmaneuver Horace and ensure that Agns will marry him.
Arnolphe becomes more and more frustrated as the play goes on. Agns continues to meet with Horace despite Arnolphe's displeasure until, finally, a misunderstanding leads Arnolphe to believe that Agns has agreed to marry him and Agns to believe that Arnolphe has given her permission to marry Horace. When they realize the actual situation, Arnolphe forbids Agnes from seeing Horace. Horace, in his distress, comes to Arnolphe, asking for his help in rescuing Agns from "Monsieur de la Souche".
The final act introduces a powerful irony as Oronte and Enrique arrive on the scene and announce that Horace is to marry Enrique's daughter. The daughter turns out to be Agns, rendering all of Arnolphe's scheming useless.

Schedule for Martynov "L`ecole des femmes (School for Wives)" Comic Opera 2019

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