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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Auditorium - Subs - Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 18:30
Live - Intro from 18:15 -

Live from the Paris Opera


This devastating opera, originally banned by Stalin during the Soviet era, is presented in a rare live performance in UK cinemas from Paris Opera.


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. UK viewers may recognise the basic plot used also in the outstanding recent UK film ‘Lady Macbeth’ from the same Russian source. An Opera in 4 Acts and 9 scenes by Dimitri Shostakovich, sung in Russian with English subtitles. 160m approx inc one interval.


The stage production is performed at the Paris Opera with a note of warning: Certain scenes may be inappropriate for the young and the easily offended.


Music: Dimitri Shostakovich

Libretto: Alexandre Preis

Dimitri Shostakovich - After Nikolaï Leskov

Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher

Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski

Set design: Małgorzata Szczęśniak

Boris Timofeevich Ismailov: Dmitry Ulyanov

Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov: John Dasza

Katerina Lvovna Ismailova: Aušrinė Stundytė


Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)


Tue 16 Apr 18.30 (Live)


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INTRO FROM MOSCOW STARTS AT 18:15 FOR A PROMPT PERFORMANCE START AT 18:30.

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