Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes with one intermission
Maniozis is a musical and philosophical reflection based on an updating of Spinoza’s ideas about the necessary and voluntary union of people on the basis of reason and common good. The work’s title imperfectly combines the words “mania” and “gnosis” – “mania” and “knowledge.”
Musically speaking, Alexander Belousov's chamber opera is a sound installation, elements, including melodies and noises, that are difficult to organize in space. At the same time, it tells a clear-cut story about a Protagonist-maniac who escapes the control of the Author, while his mania changes form from murder to murder.
“Naturally, such a hermetic, intellectual, fragile and very tender piece could appear in Moscow today only in that ark called the Electrotheatre.” Colta.ru
Libretto: Andrei Iryshkov