In July 2002 in London the Almeida Festival hosted the world premiere of The Embalmer by Giorgio Battistelli. The libretto, which Renzo Rosso had drawn from one of his own works for the theatre, was translated into English for the occasion by David Parry and performed by Ian McDiarmid. On 10th July 2009 (additional performance on 12th) in Siena the Italian premiere of the work for a single actor will be performed by the Orchestra Regionale Toscana conducted by Erasmo Gaudiomonte, with the composer himself in charge of the stage direction. In a dramatic and grotesque monologue Alexej Miscin, the official charged with conserving the body of Lenin for the thousands of visitors that come to see it, by now an alcoholic and in the process of being abandoned by his wife, offers an account of the failure of his personal life. Miscin’s is a story that, unfolding alongside that of the illustrious corpse he protects, is bound up inextricably with the collapse of Soviet society. For this Italian premiere the protagonist will be the actor Paolo Calabresi.