Light Sorrow

Light Sorrow [world premiere]

Composition: Dmitri Mazurov
Vocals: Ekaterina Scherbachenko
Lyrics: Dimitris Yalamas

20 Oct - 31 Jul 18:45







lake of light sorrow

all around
the dear dead
look pleased

talk and sing
with no sounds
I understand
every word

I am
all by myself

a deep oblivion
delineates the parting


Ekaterina Scherbachenko

was born in Ryazan, Russia, where she received her primary musical education. In music school, she at first studied violin, but completed her early music education in the department of choral conducting. Thereafter, Ekaterina studied vocal technique at The Moscow Conservatory under the tutelage of Prof. M.S. Alexeyeva. During her fifth year of conservatory studies, she made her first foreign professional debut with the Opéra de Lyon in France.
In 2005, Ekaterina completed her formal studies and joined the Stanislavsky Moscow Music Theatre, where she performed roles including Lidochka in Shostakovich’s ‘Moscow, Cheryomushki’ and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte. One year later, she was invited to perform as Natasha Rostova in a première performance of Prokofiev’s War and Peace at the Bolshoi Theatre. This engagement proved fortuitous, as Ekaterina was invited to join the Bolshoi’s troupe. In addition, she was nominated for the prestigious ‘Golden Mask’ theatrical award.
In 2005 – 2006, Ms. Scherbachenko competed in leading voice competitions in Shizuoka (Japan) and Barcelona; and her career as a Bolshoi soloist began with the famous role of Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. She has subsequently performed this role in many of the world’s leading opera houses, including: La Scala, Covent Garden, l’Opéra Nationale de Paris, and The Teatro Real in Madrid. More recently, she performed Tatiana in a production at the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival.
Ekaterina’s other major roles include: Liù in Turandot; Mimi in La Bohème; Micaëlla in Carmen; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; La Contessa from Le Nozze di Figaro; the eponymous role in Dvořàk’s Rusalka; and Gorislava from Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila.
In 2009, Ms. Scherbachenko took first place in the prestigious ‘BBC Singer of the World’ Competition in Cardiff, becoming the first Russian to have achieved this award in two decades. This victory led to an agency relationship with IMG Artists and to further invitations from the world’s leading opera houses, including: La Scala; the Bayerische Staatsoper; the Metropolitan Opera; the Zürich Opera House; The Teatro Real in Madrid, and others.
In 2015, Ekaterina performed the lead role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanthe at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and with the Dallas Opera (USA). In the same year, she was also awarded the International Maria Callas Grand Prix for Début Artist of the Year.
Ekaterina has performed under the baton of many of today’s leading conductors and directors, including: Valery Gergiev; Zubin Mehta; Teodor Currentzis; Nello Santi; Riccardo Frizza and others. Ms. Scherbachenko’s concert repertoire includes: performances of art songs and lieder by Russian and international composers; Mozart’s Requiem; Britten’s War Requiem; Rachmaninov’s ‘The Bells’ Cantata; Mozart’s Great Mass in C-Minor; and Janàček’s Glagolitic Mass.
In 2017, Ekaterina has participated in the world première performance of a stage version of Britten’s War Requiemto take place at the Opéra de Lyon.
In 2018 she sung the role of Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart in National theatre in Amsterdam.
In 2019 Ekaterina took part in Le Nozze di Figaro as La Contessa in Wiener Konzerthaus and Lucerne Festival with maestro Currentzis and continue her singing in the Bolshoi theatre of Moscow.


Dimitris YALAMAS
Poet, librettist.

Author of the poetry books “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride” (Athens, 1980), “World without poets” (Moscow, 2004. Greek-Russian bilingual edition), “Parental Guidance Advised” (Moscow, 2004. Greek-Russian bilingual edition). Author of the libretto to the opera “Station” (composer Alexei Sioumak) and the Scenic Cantata “Deae ex Machina” (composer Andreas Moustoukis), both staged by Kirill Serebrennikov and with the music editing and direction by Teodor Currentzis for the 2008 “Territory” festival in Moscow. Author of poetic texts for the “Kizhe” play, staged at the A. Chekhov Moscow Art Theater by Kirill Serebrennikov. Author of the libretto to the opera “Nosferatu” (composer Dmitry Kourliandsky) staged by Theodoros Terzopoulos, music editing and direction by Teodor Currentzis with stage installations by Jannis Kounellis.
For the past 35 years Dimitris Yalamas has been living and working in Moscow.


Dmitri Mazurov  
Composer, sound artist, video artist.  

Born in 1982 in Novosibirsk. Started his first musical explorations in experimental electronics in 1999. Studied Theory of Music at the Novosibirsk Music College, but was expelled from the last year. Worked as a loader, security guard, video editor. In 2013 he moved to Moscow and began his career as a sound artist and a composer.  
Currently, Dmitri is working   in the field of contemporary academic music, multichannel electroacoustics, experimental electronics. He also composes music for film, theatre and performances. Refers to different fields of non-academic music (post-rock, free improvisation, techno, ambient and others).  
He is a participant of international festivals: inSonic: Immersive future (ZKM Center for Art and Media Technologies, Germany); Venice Biennale (in the framework of the project of Natalia Alfutova Faced2Faced); Diaghilev Festival (in collaboration with composer Alexey Sioumak); Cube fest (Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA); “Another Space”; “Geometry of Now” (GES-2, Moscow); Cosmoscow; GAM-festival; Arena festival (Riga, Latvia); Synthposium; Archstoyanie and others.
Dmitri derives inspiration from images of Russian nature, distant, mysterious places, polar stations, UFOs, yeti, etc. Theoretical education and club background give Dmitri   opportunity to obtain a unique point of view on the world of contemporary academic music and to create his mutant-pieces   at the intersection of genres and concepts.


Nina Wørb
Visual artist, photographer, stage director.

Worked as a stage director at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Diaghilev Festival, Perm, Russia.  Currently having the same position at MusicAeterna Orchestra in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Performances: “Pierrot lunaire” A.Schonberg, “Happy End” K.Weill, “Tristia” Ph.Hersant –  cond. T.Currentzis.  “Little Match Girl” V.Currentzis
Semi-stage:  Da Ponte Trilogy by Mozart, cond. T. Currentzis, “Love for the Three Oranges” S.Prokofiev, “Ariadne auf Naxos” R.Strauss – cond. A.Abashev
Personal exhibition: “Banned Banners” Art Gallery, Perm, Russia

Light Sorrow
20 Oct - 31 Jul 18:45

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