R.I.P. (2015)

Opera in one act

Moscow, 2020: An old man wakes amid the filth and detritus of early 21st century consumerism. Who is he? Why is he sleeping here? What causes the fever that plagues his mind? His last day is upon him. Before the final judgement we hear his tale, told through the questions and exclamations of his past, seared into his mind as his life unwinds.

James Fisher as Ezdeyev

R.I.P. is a one-act chamber opera, based on the short story Life as a series of questions and exclamations by Anton Chekhov. The text was translated and adapted by Tim Benjamin.

R.I.P. features a single character, an old man named Ezdeyev, who is homeless and sleeping rough. He tells the story of his life, and how he ended up in this situation, through the unusual means of reliving numerous short questions and exclamations both of his own and those of other people in his life, most notably his complicated relationship with his father!

R.I.P. page on the Radius Opera website


  • Ezdeyev (bass)


c.35 minutes


  • flute (dbl picc, afl), violin, cello, fortepiano (or piano), percussion


World premiere: 1st July 2015, RNCM, Manchester, by Radius with James Fisher as EZDEYEV.

Subsequently on national tour including the 2015 Tête-a-Tête Festival.