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
Approx.3h30 incl. interval
Sung in Russian, with English subtitles
Captured live from the Opéra Bastille, Paris, 16 April 2019
Official Event Listing

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.

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), who falls in love with one of her husband’s employees Sergey (Pavel Černoch) in the remote reaches of rural 19th century Russia and is finally forced to commit suicide, is less a manipulator than a victim of a violent and patriarchal society.

Visionary director Krzysztof Warlikowski, whose Don Carlos was presented in the last Palace Opera & Ballet season, liberates all the subversive power of this scorching, scandalous work.

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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