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Dmitri Shostakovich dreamed of creating an opera based on Chekhov's mystical tale, The Black Monk. Decades of suffering under political attacks within an oppressive Soviet regime wreaked havoc on the composer’s life, leaving the work ultimately unfinished. Haunted by the looming aftermath of Stalin’s totalitarian reign, Shostakovich is left with a deteriorating body and mind, struggling to complete his life’s work. In a bold intersection of chamber music and theater, witness the trials and redemption of one man’s obsession as the Emerson String Quartet and a cast of actors tell this story through the eyes of Shostakovich himself.

Created by Philip Setzer and James Glossman
Musical Direction by Philip Setzer
Written and Directed by James Glossman


Shostakovich - David Strathairn
Stalin - Sean Astin                                      
Younger Woman - Ali Breneman
Younger Man - Alex Glossman
Middle Woman - Evelyn McGee Colbert
Older Man - Paul Murphy
Older Woman - Linda Setzer

Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Associates 

Creative Team

Director - James Glossman
Music Direction - Philip Setzer
Music - Emerson String Quartet
Eugene Drucker, Violin
Philip Setzer, Violin
Lawrence Dutton, Viola
Paul Watkins, Cello

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Black Monk