“L'écume des jours”: From the Novel— to the Opera Libretto
Born in 1997 in Rudnya, Smolensk region. Graduated from the Journalism Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2020), defended a bachelor’s thesis on the subject: “‘L'écume des jours’ of E. V. Denisov: literature, music, art criticism” (scientific supervisor—R. A. Nasonov).
The article is devoted to a comparative analysis of the libretto of Edison Denisov’s opera “Froth on the Daydream” and the novel of the same name by Boris Vian. The author makes an attempt to restore the process of creating an opera text and to trace how an epic work full of grotesque-fantastic elements was transformed into a lyrical drama. Based on the material of two versions of the libretto and three directorial productions, it is shown in the study that Duke Ellington’s jazz composition “Chloé” is the main character of the opera, and the central problem is the relationship between the artist and art in a world where human life is worthless. Refusing in the last pictures from the pseudo-carnival poetics of the novel, the composer contrasts the Vianian mockery of the infantile inhabitants of his universe with the idea of eternal luminous beauty that is unable to die.
the author would like to express her gratitude to Roman Nasonov, Candidate of Art Criticism, Associate Professor of the Literary Criticism and Journalism Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University—her scientific advisor of the graduate work, which became the basis of this article.