Opéra de Paris

Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk

In Cinemas 24, 25, 26 & 29 May 2019
Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris
Aušrinė Stundytė (Katerina Ismaïlova), Pavel Černoch (Sergey), John Daszak (Zinovy Ismaïlova), Dmitry Ulyanov (Boris Ismaïlova), Sofija Petrovic (Aksinya), Oksana Volkova (Sonietka), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Chief of Police)
Dimitri Shostakovich
Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set Design
Krzysztof Warlikowski
3h45 incl. interval
Sung in Russian, with English subtitles
Captured live from the Opéra Bastille, Paris, 16 April 2019
Official Event Listing
  • Powerful and poignant. Reaches a rare expressive force with the conductor Metzmacher and the raw and in-tension staging of Warlikowski. Stundytè is exceptional, uniting a rare vocal quality and a magnetising physical presence.
    Maurice Ulrich, L'HUMANITÉ
    A triumph. Powerful and icy.
    Charles Arden, OLYRIX
    Shocking and for good reason. Warlikowski doesn't do things by half. Susceptible souls abstain! The desire is raw, wild, obscene, always mixed with violence & brutality. It's at once masterful and unbearable... the sexual orgy turns into a sonorous orgy.
    Manuel Gaulhiac, BACHTRACK
    Magisterial. Stundyté triumphs in Warlikowski's poetic and sensual production. Glory to the Chorus and Orchestra for these three hours of intoxicating sound.
    Marie-Aude Roux, LE MONDE
    Meticulously thought through, coherent, crude and intensely musical. Warlikowski's production of Shostakovich's opera brilliantly highlights its violence and brutality. The cast is uniformly strong. See if it you can.
    Shirley Apthorp, FINANCIAL TIMES
    A deserved triumph. A production of great intelligence and a breathtaking musical achievement, thanks to Metzmacher and the extraordinary Aušrinė Stundytė. Few sopranos are capable of assuming the vocal requirements of this overwhelming role.
    Sophie Bourdais, TÉLÈRAMA

New Production! Of Shostakovich’s initial undertaking – a trilogy on the tragic destinies of Russian women through the ages – only one opera was ever written: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, his visceral story of love, emancipation, and murder, a searing and provocative work that was banned from performance for thirty years by the Soviet authorities.

Although one of the mainsprings of the work, the Shakespearean parallel is here bitterly ironic: unlike Lady Macbeth, Katerina Ismaïlova (acclaimed Lithuanian soprano Aušrinė Stundytė) is less a manipulator than a victim of a violent and patriarchal society. Stifling in a failed marriage in the remote reaches of rural 19th century Russia, Katerina begins a passionate relationship with one of her husband’s employees, the handsome Sergey (Pavel Černoch), commencing a cycle of crime that will lead hear to prison and ruin. 

This new production is by Krzysztof Warlikowski, one of the most fascinating directors of his generation, whose Don Carlos was presented in the last Palace Opera & Ballet season. Here, Warlikowski liberates all the subversive power of this scorching, scandalous work.

Please note: The Paris Opera advises that this production contains nudity and scenes that may offend some viewers. It has been officially classified MA15+ (Strong sexual violence and sex scenes).

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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