Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
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Intro

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj (1906 - 1975)

From 21/03/2014 in Antwerp

  • Dmitri Jurowski
  • Calixto Bieito
  • John Tomlinson
  • Ladislav Elgr
  • Michael J. Scott
  • Andrew Greenan
  • Musical direction: Dmitri Jurowski
  • Director: Calixto Bieito
  • Katerina: Ausrine Stundyte
  • Boris: John Tomlinson
  • Zinovi: Ludovit Ludha
  • Sergej: Ladislav Elgr

Oppressed by an impotent, rich spouse and an authoritarian father-in-law, Katerina Ismailova chooses to embark on a passionate love affair. Because of her hopeless situation, she seeks liberation in the arms of her attractive lover Sergei. When Sergei turns out to be equally cruel and untrustworthy, she gets caught up in a spiral of violence. Katerina’s dream is smashed to pieces.

Shostakovich juxtaposes Katerina’s lyrical vocal lines with an explosive orchestral arrangement, full of shrill colours and hard dissonances. Despite its overwhelming success, the work was officially condemned by the Soviet regime. This spelt the immediate end of Shostakovich’s nascent opera career. The chaos-loving director Calixto Bieito is sure to deliver a radical but intelligent interpretation of Shostakovich’s capital opera. He places Katerina in a solitary cocoon in an amoral, post-apocalyptic world.

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Practical

Length: 3 h 15 min (incl. intermission)

Language: Russian. Surtitles: Dutch.

Tickets from € 11.00 to € 100.00

Team

With his powerful, moving imagery, the Spanish director Calixto Bieito has by now created a special niche for himself. His Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny was enthusiastically received in Antwerp and Ghent in 2011. For Dmitri Jurowski, Shostakovich is familiar territory in which to demonstrate his mastery. The title role is reserved for Ausrine Stundyte, who previously sang the role of Nastashain Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress with great passion. The Czech tenor Ladislav Elgr is to play Sergei and the British John Tomlinson, always a welcome guest in Bayreuth, will be getting under the skin of father-in-law Boris.

Media

Video

Lady Macbeth uit het district Mtsensk (Sjostakovitsj) - Trailer
Lady Macbeth uit het district Mtsensk - warm-up video
Lady Macbeth uit het district Mtsensk - teaser
TV-spot Lady Macbeth met Marcel Vanthilt

Music

'Vyórstï odná za drugóy dlínnoy polzút verenícey' / Lady macbeth uit het district Mtsensk (Sjostakovitsj)
'Žerebyónok k kobïlke torópitsya' / Lady macbeth uit het district Mtsensk (Sjostakovitsj)

Photos


PLUS

Introduction

Introductory talk

45 minutes before the start of each opera performance. Please note: the introductions are only in Dutch.

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