International Forum «Mieczysław Weinberg (1919—1996). A Re-Discovery». Program

International Forum «Mieczysław Weinberg (1919—1996). A Re-Discovery». Program

International Forum
«Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996). A Re-Discovery»

Moscow, 16–19 February 2017


The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
National newspaper The Muzykalnoye obozrenie (Music Review)


The State Institute of Art Studies
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Warsaw)
The State Mariinsky Theatre
The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow

With the support of:

Goethe Institut Moskau
Embassy of the State Israel in Moscow
Embassy of the Republic Poland in Moscow
Polish Cultural Centre in Moscow
Peermusic Classical
Edition DSCH (Shostakovitch-Foundation)
Foundation “Iskusstvoznanie: nauka, opyt, prosveshchenie” (Art Studies: science, experience, education)
Association of music critics

Media partners:

VGTRK “Russia-K
National newspaper The Muzykalnoye obozrenie (Music Review)

International Forum
“Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996). A Re-Discovery”
Moscow, 16–19 February 2017

Conference languages: Russian and English
Conference Place: The Bolshoi Theatre, Theatre Square 1, 125009 Moscow

Head curator – Andrei Ustinov
Project curator – Antonina Klokova,



Andrei Ustinov — musicologist, critic, publisher, curator and Editor-in-Chief of Muzïkal’noye obozreniye  newspaper, the project’s director.

Антонина КЛОКОВА

Antonina Klokova  — scientific advisor, project coordinator. Musicologist, research assistant on the Chair of the History of Jewish Music at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, PhD graduate student at Berlin University of the Arts (dissertation project: «Holocaust commemoration in the instrumental works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg»).

The international forum is designed to promote the revival of Mieczysław Weinberg’s name and oeuvre in the musical life of Russia.

Mieczysław (Moisey) Weinberg (8.12.1919–26.02.1996) was an outstanding Soviet composer of a dramatic destiny, who reflected in his music the tragic happenings in the European history of the 20th century.

Today, at the beginning of the 21st century, when the mankind is intensely reflecting upon the tragedies of the past, Weinberg’s heritage and the humanistic ideals expressed in his music reveal finally theirs great worth and have become highly topical.

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Program of the International Forum

“Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996). A Re-Discovery”

(on 28th, Jan., 2017)

10th February 2017

16:00   Press centre of the Bolshoi Theatre


Press conference of the International forum “Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996). A Re-Discovery”


Владимир УРИН

Vladimir Urin, the director of the Bolshoi Theatre
Andrey Ustinov, chief-editor of the newspaper The Muzykalnoye obozrenie

Invited participants:

The State Institute of Art Studies (Natalya Sipovskaya)
The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow (Dmitry Sibirtsev)
The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Andrey Shishkin)
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw (Aleksander Laskowski)

12th till 19th February 2017

Foyer of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia

Photo exhibition upon the staging of Weinberg’s operas (2016–2017)

“The Passenger” in the The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
“The Passenger”  in The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow
“The Idiot” in The Bolshoi Theatre
“The Idiot” in The State Mariinsky Theatre

15th February 2017

19:00 The State Institute of Art Studies,  Kozitskiy pereulok 5, Moscow

Prologue concert

Violin music of Mieczysław Weinberg

Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 op. 15 (1944) dedicated to David Oistrakh
Sonata for violin and piano No. 6 op. 136 b (1982) “to the memory of my mother”
Elena Prokhorova (violin), Berlin, Germany
Olga Makarova (piano), Moscow, Russia

16th February 2017

Staging history of Mieczysław Weinberg’s operas – opera „Idiot“ in Russia today

11:00–11:30    The Bolshoi Theatre

Participants’ registration


Conference opening

12:00–14:00    Round table: “Mieczysław Weinberg’s operas in the context of contemporary theatre”

Participants: Invited music critics, stage directors, conference participants and guests.
Association of music critics

14:00–15:30    Break

15:30–17:30    Round table: Opera “Idiot” on the Russian theatre stage


Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera “Idiot”: Interpretation of Fedor Dostoyevsky’s novel in music
Svetlana Voytkevich, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Artistic meeting


Alexey Stepanyuk, the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, production director, scene designer of „Idiot“ premiered on the 6th July 2016

Artistic meeting

Евгений АРЬЕ

Yevgeny Aryeh production director in the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
Michał Klauza (Poland), producing conductor of „Idiot“ in the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia premiered on the 12th February 2017.

19:00   Premiere in the Bolshoi Theatre


“Idiot” of Mieczysław Weinberg

Libretto of Alexander Medvedev upon the same name novel of Fedor Dostoyevsky

producing conductor Michał Klauza (Poland)
production director Yevgeny Aryeh
stage designer Semen Pastukh
costume designer Galina Solov’yeva
light designer Damir Ismagilov
chief choir director Valery Borisov

17th February 2017

Opera “The Passenger”: the past and present

10:00–10:20 The Bolshoi Theatre
“The Passenger–2016” – The project – from the idea till the premiere – content, events and newsline. Postscriptum
Andrei Ustinov, Moscow, Russia

The premiere of “The Passenger” in 2006 in Russia
Dmitry Abaulin, Moscow, Russia

The Passenger”: text and context
Alla Bayeva, Moscow, Russia

The cancelled premiere of „The Passenger“ in 1968
Antonina Klokova, Berlin, Germany

11:30–12:00    Break

“The Passenger” in the USA
Katherine Syer, Illinois, the USA



Round table: Opera “The Passenger” in Russia and in the world today
The historical memory in the opera “The Passenger”
Sergey Medvedev, Moscow, Russia

14:00–15:30    Break


Artistic meeting


Jan Latham-Koenig, musical director and conductor,
Sergey Shirokov
, stage director of “The Passenger” in the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre

Artistic meeting

Thaddeus Strassberger (USA), stage director and designer as well as light designer,
Vita Tsykun (USA), costume designer,
Andrey Ustinov, project curator of “The Passenger” in the Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, premiered on the 15th September 2016.


Witness and Guardian of Memory. Zofia Posmysz.

Meeting with Zofia Posmysz (Warsaw, Poland), novelist and script writer of the radio play „The Passenger from Cabin 45“ (1959) and the novel “The Passenger” (1963), former prisoner of Aushwitz


The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, ul. Karetnyy Ryad 3, building 2

Пассажирка. Новая Опера

Premiere Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera “the Passenger” op. 97 (1967–1968) in 2 acts, 8 pictures with the epilogue upon the libretto by Alexander Medvedev of the novel by Zofia Posmysz. Dedicated to the victims of Auschwitz.

Musical director and conductor Jan Latham-Koenig
Stage director Sergey Shirokov
Stage design Larissa Lomakina
Costume design Igor Tchapurin
Choir director Julyia Senyukova
Light design Ivar Salikhov


The Bolschoi Theatre
Performance of “The Idiot” of Mieczysław Weinberg

18th February 2017

The Life and Legacy of Mieczysław Weinberg — chamber works

10:00–10:20 The Bolshoi Theatre
The First 20 Years of Weinberg in Poland
Danuta Gwizdalanka, Warsaw, Poland

Mieczysław Weinberg und his music. Reception in the 21st century in Poland
Aleksander Laskowski, Warsaw, Poland

Weinberg and Belarus
Inessa Dvuzhilnaya, Grodno, Belarus

About the materials of Mieczysław Weinberg in the archives of Dmitry Shostakovitch and Manashir Yakubov
Olga Dombrovskaya, Moscow, Russia

11:30–12:00    Break

The Renaissance of Weinberg’s music in the West
Jascha Nemtsov, Berlin, Germany

Weinberg in Washington
Bret Werb, Washington, the USA



14:00–15:30    Break

A performance guide for the unaccompanied cello compositions by Mieczysław Weinberg
Elizabeth A. Grunin, Lincoln, the USA

Intriguing connections: the inherent logic of the cycle “12 miniatures for flute and piano”, op. 29
Janna Menhel, Tel Aviv, Israel

“24 preludes for cello solo” of Mieczysław Weinberg
Anna Fefelova, Perm, Russia

Shakespeare Sonnets in the music of Mieczysław Weinberg
Stefan Weiss, Hannover, Germany

“An encyclopaedia of the genre”: Weinberg’s String Quartets
Daniel Elphick, London, the Great Britain



19:30 The Bolshoi Theatre, Beethoven concert hall

Концерт Эпилог

Concert of chamber music of Mieczysław Weinberg

I part

Six Shakespeare Sonnets for bass and piano op. 33 (1946), dedicated to Nikolay Peyko, Russian translation by Nikolay Gerbel
Russian premiere
Yuri Syrov (bass-bariton)
Alla Osipenko (piano)

Concertino for violin and string orchestra op. 42 (1948)
Alexander Kalashnikov (violin)

Three Palms for string quartet and soprano op. 120 (1977), Poem after verses by Mikhail Lermontov, dedicated to Boris Tishchenko
Anna Aglatova (soprano)

II part

Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra op. 104 (1970)
Sergey Petrov (clarinet)

Concertino for violoncello and string orchestra op. 43, first variant (1948)
World premiere
Petr Kondrashin (violoncello)

Chamber orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conductor – Mikhail Tsinman

19:00 The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, ul. Karetnyy Ryad 3, building 2

Performance of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera “The Passenger”

19th February 2017

Mieczysław Weinberg: Identity – Biography – Personality

10:00–11:30    The Bolshoi Theatre


Artistic meeting with David Pountney, Welsh National Opera, the Great Britain

11:30–12:00    Break

Music of Mieczysław Weinberg and Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel

Mieczysław Weinberg’s Jewish Songs: commemoration and constraints
David Fanning, Manchester, The Great Britain
Michelle Assay, Sheffield, The Great Britain

Jewish aspects in the works of Weinberg. Opera “Congratulations!” (Mazl Tov)
Julia Broido, St. Petersburg, Russia

Weinberg’s “hyphenated” national and cultural identity as revealed in his Symphony No. 21
Elena Dubinets, Seattle, The USA

In the middle of Mieczysław Weinberg’s identities: between Jewish, Polish, Russian and Soviet cultures
Ekaterina Lobankova, Moscow, Russia

14:00–15:30    Break

Mieczysław Weinberg and “the eternal feminine” (events, subjects, evocation)
Lyubov Kupets, Petrozavodsk, Russia

Music for the Dead. Weinberg’s instrumental music to the memory of his family
Verena Mogl, Hamburg, Germany

A documented biography of Mieczysław Weinberg as a research challenge
Antonina Klokova, Berlin, Germany

16:30–18:00    Discussion

Round table:  Mieczysław Weinberg in the memory of his family, friends and colleagues
Olga Rakhalskaya, Anna Weinberg, Moscow, Russia
Arnt Nitschke, Hamburg, Germany
Tommy Persson, Gothenburg, Sweden
Vladimir Rubin, Moscow, Russia
Andrey Zolotaryov, Moscow, Russia

18:00 Final Forum results

Vladimir Urin, The Bolshoi Theatre
Andrey Ustinov, newspaper The Muzykalnoye obozrenie

19:00  The Bolshoi Theatre. New Scene

The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Mieczysław Weinberg’s “The Passenger” op. 97 (1967–1968) in 2 acts, 8 pictures with the epilogue upon the libretto by Alexander Medvedev of the novel by Zofia Posmysz. Dedicated to the victims of Auschwitz.

Conductor – Oliver von Dohnányi  (Slovakia)
Stage director, stage and light designer – Thaddeus Strassberger (USA)
Costume designer – Vita Tsykun (USA)
Choir director – Angelika Grozina
Project curator – Andrey Ustinov

Premiere took place on the 15th September 2016.

20th February 2017

19:00 The State Institute of Art Studies,  Kozitskiy pereulok 5, Moscow

Unknown pages of  Mieczysław Weinberg’s vocal music

Concert of vocal music of Mieczysław Weinberg

“Jewish songs” op. 13,  1st cycle on poems of I. Leib Peretz
Edited by the Composers Union in 1945.
The Singers of the Primeval World, op. 32. Elegy after Friedrich Schiller (1946), Russian translation by Lev Ostroumov
The Gipsy Bible, op. 57. Songs on poems by Julian Tuwim (1956). Dedicated to Dmitry Shostakovitch
“Contemplation” , song No. 1 from the unfinished cycle Memoires, op. 62.
Songs on poems by Julian Tuwim (1957–1958)
Dmitry Grinikh (baritone)
Olga Sobakina (piano)

23th February 2017

19:00 Dom Kino (The House of Cinema), Ul. Vasilyevskaya 13, Moscow

The Cultural Centre of Poland in Moscow presents

“The Passenger”, movie, Poland, 1963

Directors: Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz
Staring: Aleksandra Śląska, Anna Ciepielewska, Janusz Bylczynski, Krystyna Dubielowna, Anna Golebiowska, Barbara Horawianka, Małgorzata Potocka
Awarded by International Federation of Film Critics  in 1964 Cannes Film Festival
Italian critics award on Film Festival in Venice.

Special guest: Małgorzata Potocka