Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2019)

04/16/2019 (FR) Music 3h
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Opera in four acts and nine parts (1934)

Overview

Of Shostakovich’s initial undertaking – a trilogy on the tragic destinies of Russian women through the ages – only one opera was ever written: the hard-hitting Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Although one of the mainsprings of the work, the Shakespearean parallel is here bitterly ironic: unlike Lady Macbeth, Katerina Ismaïlova who, in the remote reaches of rural 19th century Russia, falls in love with one of her husband’s employees and is finally forced to commit suicide, is less a manipulator than a victim of a violent and patriarchal society. Krzysztof Warlikowski liberates all the subversive power of this scorching and scandalous work, which marked the early years of the Opéra Bastille.

  1. Alexandre Preis

    Writer

  2. Dmitri Shostakovich

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Aušrinė Stundytė

    Katerina Lvovna Ismailova

  2. Pavel Cernoch

    Pavel Cernoch

    Serguei

  3. Dmitry Ulyanov

    Boris Timofeevich Ismailov

  4. Sofija Petrovic

    Aksinya

  5. John Daszak

    John Daszak

    Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov

  6. Krzysztof Baczyk

    A priest

  7. Oksana Volkova

    Sonyetka

  8. Ingo Metzmacher

    Conductor

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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

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Original Language Russian

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