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E. Andruschenko

A legend about Don Juan in «The Phantom of the Opera» by A. Lloyd-Webber: towards the problem of interpretation

The article elucidates some insufficiently known explored aspect conformably to the artistic conception of «The Phantom of the Opera», the famous musical by A. Lloyd-Webber. The named project not only belongs to the most prominent creative achievements of the English composer but also represents one of impressive climaxes in the process of dynamic interactions between the spheres of academic and popular culture in the XXth century. The fragments of invented operas were performed by the dramatic personae during the mentioned musical are the convincing corroboration of the said. Every fragment that stylistically attracts by the certain intra-genre tradition of the XVIII–XXth centuries is characterized by the quite original perusal of the «actual» opera plot (proceed from purposes of the specific age). Moreover, the putting-in-text scene of this kind invariably correlates with various peripetias of the dramatic development sating with the main plot line. The most significant features of the «pre-final» scene «Don Juan Triumphant» that is directed toward the major intentions of the 1900–1910s musical theatre, are examined by the researcher as an example. On the one hand, the imaginative and sense interpretation of the noted scene is inspired paradox artistic logic dominating in the art and literature of the named period. On the other hand, this interpretation anticipates the like paradoxical denouement in «The Phantom of the Opera».

Key words

A. Lloyd-Webber, musical «The Phantom of the Opera», the putting-in-text opera scene «Don Juan Triumphant», Modern Style in the opera theatre of the 1900–1910s.


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