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Opera Aperta is a laboratory for contemporary opera and new music theater, founded by Ukrainian composers Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko. Active in Kyiv since 2015, the laboratory has the aim to rethink the opera genre in the 21st century. With every next piece we want to find our own Orfeo ed Euridice, looking deep into theater and music history: from Renaissance “Theater of Memory” to postmodern discoveries of “Instrumental Theater” by Mauricio Kagel or “Norwegian Opra” by Trond Reinholdsten.


2021 Music Theatre NOW, TOP-6 music-theatrical performances worldwide for archaeological opera CHORNOBYLDORF.

2021 Ukrainian theatre award GRA, Best experimental performance for archaeological opera CHORNOBYLDORF. The opera also got four prizes for the best music, direction, scenography, and choreography.


CHORNOBYLDORF. Archaeological opera

Multimedia opera: performance, cinematic opera, world music, microtonal orchestra

120 min, Italian, German, English, Ukrainian with subtitles.

Version 1: Proscenium stage min 12x10 m

Version 2: Black Box min 15x15 m

20 people on tour (artists, stage group, tech)



OPERA LINGUA. Music theater in seven books

Chamber opera: orchestra, video, and electronic

Version 1: Proscenium stage min 12x10 m, orchestra pit

Version 2 360°: Proscenium stage min 12x10 m, orchestra on balcony

115 min, Italian, German, French, Ukrainian with subtitles

12 people on tour (vocalists + stage group) + local orchestra / tech group




Audiovisual Performance: vocals, instruments, world music, live video

40-70 min, no subtitles

Can be transformed for any venue

4-10 people on tour


GENESIS. Opera in 13 mises-en-scène for empty Museum during wartime

Reinterpretation of the Museum as space/institution, opera-installation, site-specific performance

5-7 hours, no subtitles

Venue: Museum, empty Palace, gallery (7-15 separate rooms)

20-30 artists, mixed cast

360° video:


Lullaby for Mariupol workshops

10–12 October 2022

Workshops for students of the Global Music Department of Sibelius Music Academy in Helsinki

Conference of the End

2-day residency of the Institute for Chornobyldorf Culture

9–10 October 2020, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv

With the support of the House of Europe, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, and Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv

The conference brought together researchers, composers, art critics, professors, and curators to explore the genealogy of “ends” and to summarize the history of crisis experiences in art and humanitarianism at the beginning of the 21st century.

Past Opera and Musictheater projects:

GAZ opera-dystopia (2018-2019) 

Nova Opera Ensemble, dir. Virlana Tkacz

11 June 2019, National Drama Theater, Kyiv 

AEROPHONIA futuristic opera for airplane and Ensemble (2018)

Nova Opera Ensemble, stage director: Rostyslav Derzhypilsky

Premiere: June 2018, Porto Franko Festival, Rukh stadium, Ivano-Frankivsk 


neprOsti all-night opera (2016)

Based on a novel by Taras Prokhasko

Nova Opera Ensemble, dir. Vlad Troitskiy

Performances: Kyiv, Lviv, Lublin


IYOV opera-requiem (2015)

Nova Opera Ensemble, dir. Vlad Troitskiy

September 2015, Gogolfest, Kyiv 

Funded by the Stabilisation Fund for Culture and Education of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut.

Project team: Les Vynogradov, Albert Saprykin, Mariia Tytova, Polina Horodyska, Daria Vdovina, Dmytro Babenko, Olha Sauh