"Perfumer": Russian Version
A musical version of world bestseller “Perfume” (“Das Parfum”), the only one today, has just appeared in Russia. The rock opera titled “Perfumer” is based on the novel of the famous German writer Patrick Suskind, “Perfume”. Its premiere shows are currently on in Moscow (December 5th, 7th and 8th).
The story of the novel “Perfume”, which has been translated into 42 languages, including Latin, is also story of the unprecedented aloofness of its author. The German writer has been cherishing his masterpiece as the apple of his eye, guarding it from screen and stage productions. Tom Tykwer's film “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” became the only exception in 25 years. And still, Patrick Suskind allowed one person to turn his novel into a stage musical, and this is Russian composer and singer Igor Demarin. He wrote the rock opera “Perfumer” 3 years ago, and the only thing missing was the author’s consent. “The author, who led a secluded life, remained implacable – that is why the process of persuasion lasted for 2 years”, the composer said in an interview with the Voice of Russia.
Patrick Suskind does not answer mobile calls, Igor Demarin says. He lives as a recluse. We’ve met with Ghezzi Lubben, who looks after copyright for Patrick Suskind. We exchanged letters with her for a long time. I insisted that our rock-opera may generate a great deal of interest in Russia. Suskind liked the idea, and quickly gave his "ok" to our initiative.
The writer approved the musical version of his novel, which has just appeared in Russia, and even promised to visit Russia in spring next year and to see the rock-opera onstage. By the way, he called it a rock-oratorio, because a big choir and a big orchestra are taking part in it. There’re also elements of ballet, circus and dramatic art there. And as regards super-modern special effects, they have been rejected: the composer believes that this makes it impossible for the viewers to concentrate on the music and distracts their attention from the main idea of Suskind’s novel.
An imaginary character, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille - a brilliant perfumer, who lived in France in the 18th century - is possessed by the idea of creating a new aroma, unique in itself. And for this he kills innocent girls…
Patrick Suskind has simply aggravated the topic, aiming “to warn” mankind, or to be more exact, to warn all those who worship their idols, having no idea at all what their masterpieces may consist of and what they use to create a masterpiece, which can drive people mad, the composer says.
In his project Igor Demarin acts not only as a composer but also as the author of the story and as the main character… And also as a criminal, playing music for his victims, and as a witness... And as both: God and the Devil.