chapter  6
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Lyubimov at the Opera

A development in three stages may be discerned in Lyubimov’s work in the opera, although these temporal divisions may not be as clear-cut as in the theatre, since operatic contracts often depended on external circumstances. In the first phase (1974-1983), Lyubimov attacked opera traditions and conventions. The second period (1982-1988) witnessed a preoccupation with the theme of society versus the individual, showing the individual as a victim of social conventions. In the last stage (1985-1990), faith and religion were the main concerns, both offering solace for the individual.