Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky (1932-2020) is one of the leading modern Russian composers. His creation embraces actually all the genres. Remember the musical drama “Virineya” (1965–1967) after the novel by L. Seyfullina, chamber opera “Master and Margarite” (1970–1972) after M. Bulgakov, opera-ballad “Mary Stuart” (1978–1980) to Ya. Gordin's libretto, dramma per musica “Hamlet” (1990–1991) after the W. Shakespeare's tragedy translated to Russian by B. Pasternak, chamber opera (monodic drama) “King Ixion” (1993–1995) after the ancient myth and the tragedy by I. Annensky, the Russian tragedy in 14 visions with three epilogues and overture “The Visions of Ioann Grozny” to Ya. Gordin's libretto, dramma per musica “King Lear” (2000–2001) after the tragedy by W. Shakespeare translated by B. Pasternak, symphonies, instrumental concertos, cantatas, among which there is the “Voice From Choir” (1962–1963) to the verses by A. Blok, “One Day of the Life” (1998) to the texts by “Chapter of the Thousand” by Dhammapada translated by V. Toporov, Requiem for soloists, choir and symphony orchestra (2003), so as numerous choral, chamber-instrumental and vocal compositions. The spring of 2005 was marked by the ballet premi?re of the “Magic Nut” after the tale by E. Th. A. Hoffmann to the libretto by the artist Mikhail Chemiakine, who staged it in the Mariinsky Theatre.
Sergei Slonimsky is the professor of the Petersburg Conservatoire, People's Artist of Russia, laureate of the Russian State Prize, knight of the Commander Cross of the Order for Merits before the Polish Republic. Slonimsky's opuses are on roll all over the world.
Slonimsky’s Dramma per musica intricately interleaves the variety of opera and drama traditions, thus setting a new angle to the well know Shakespeare’s theater where the music. as it is well known. played an important role.
“Hamlet” by Slonimsky is a synthesis of four opera forms: grand symphonized opera, opera of the pre-monteverdi period, beggars’ opera and ‘instrumental theater’