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.
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)