Opera National de Paris – Lady McBeth in Mzensk, Chostakovitch

Friday April 26th, 3pm
Wednesday May 1st 7pm

This striking opera by Chostakovitch is in perfect unison with the always exacting, often subversive work of Krzysztof Warlikowski. Acclaimed and then later censured, this scathing rebuke of patriarchy has taken new breath and gained a necessary reach.

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 Ismailova 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.

MUSIC
Dmitri Chostakovitch

LIBRETTO
Alexandre Preis and Dmitri Chostakovitch

AFTER
Nikolaï Leskov

CONDUCTOR
Ingo Metzmacher

SET DESIGN
Krzysztof Warlikowski

COSTUME DESIGN
Małgorzata Szczęśniak

LIGHTING DESIGN
Felice Ross

CHOREOGRAPHY
Claude Bardouil

SCENOGRAPHY
Christian Longchamp

CAST
Dmitry Ulyanov (Boris Timofeevich Ismailov)
John Daszak (Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov)
Aušrinė Stundytė (Katerina Lvovna Ismailova)
Pavel Černoch (Serguei)

Orchestra and choruses of the Opéra national de Paris

DURATION
3 h 30 approx

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