From The House Of The Dead
© Bel Air Media
The House Of The Dead – the moniker accorded to the Siberian labour camp by those held within it: thieves, killers, political prisoners. With its very own rules involving power and submission, this is a place far from civilization. This is an opera without heroes, but Janacek allows individual prisoners and their stories to emerge briefly from the multitude. He draws out personal journeys marked by humiliation and abuse. Janacek’s unique musical idiom feels like eavesdropping and provides a raw, gestural expression for the brutality faced in the camp, but also for the moments of shared hope, compassion and solidarity.