The Idiot (1986) is the last opera by Weinberg. Four parts of the novel by Dostoevsky were transformed into four hours of music with intense symphonic development, catchy melodies and leitmotif-based structure. The story line of the opera reflects almost every twist and turn of the novel, but Prince Myshkin's disease is left in the past (the scenes showing his paroxysms, as well as the final, were not included in the libretto). Since the protagonist is preaching the composer’s own ideals, the monologues of Prince Myshkin are the only fragments of Alexander Medvedev’s libretto, that are not based on the original Dostoevsky’s text.
World premiere (abridged version): 19 December 1991, Moscow Chamber Opera Theatre
World premiere (full version): 9 May 2013, Nationaltheater, Mannheim
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 6 July 2016
Running time: 3 hours 30 minutes
The performance has one interval
Age category 12+