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Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Fri 20.04.2018 / 19:30 h / C-Prices: € 95,– / 76,– / 53,– / 29,– / tickets / Last performance

Opera in 4 acts
Libretto by Alexander Preis, based on the novelle by Nikolai Leskow
First performed on 22nd January, 1934 at the Maly Theater St. Petersburg (Leningrad)
Premiered at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Oslo on 5th September, 2014
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 25th January, 2015

In Russian language with German and English surtitles

3 hrs / 1 interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

Cast

Conductor

Donald Runnicles

Stage-design

Erlend Birkeland

Costume-design

Maria Geber

Light-design

Ellen Ruge

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

Choreographer

Jeanette Langert

Boris Timofeyevich Izmailov

Wolfgang Bankl

Zinoviy Borisovich Izmailov

Thomas Blondelle

Katerina Lvovna Izmailova

Evelyn Herlitzius

Aksinya / A female convict

Stephanie Weiss

Shabby Peasant

Burkhard Ulrich

Steward

Dean Murphy

Porter / Policeman / Sentry

Noel Bouley

Workman in a Mill

Sam Roberts-Smith

Carriage driver

Ya-Chung Huang

Police Inspector

Seth Carico

Teacher

James Kryshak

Old Convict

Stephen Bronk

Ghost of Boris Timofeyevich

Wolfgang Bankl

The Concert Programme

The pivotal character of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera LADY MACBETH OF MZENSK is the fascinating businesswoman Katerina Ismailova. Despite being presented with a female character who murders her husband and father-in-law, the composer’s audiences are more likely to empathise with her than condemn her. Katerina, wrote Shostakovich, was a woman who is capable of anything in the name of love. His opera traces the transformation of a woman perverted by the hardness and roughness of her environment.

The 1934 premiere of Shostakovich’s second opera marked the first peak in the career of the 26-year-old composer, a trajectory that was also paralleled by musical works such as his fourth symphony. The banning of the opera four years later by Stalin, who took umbrage at musical temerity and doubtless also at the core humanist message of the piece, severely affected the reception of LADY MACBETH OF MZENSK but failed to prevent the work from being performed to rave reviews in the opera houses of the world.

Shostakovich’s work is being staged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin by a director making his debut in Germany. In Scandinavia the Norwegian Ole Anders Tandberg is one of the best-known directors of staged drama and has come to attention in recent years directing works of musical theatre such as THE MAGIC FLUTE [Stockholm] and THE RETURN OF ODYSSEUS [Oslo].

A coproduction with The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo. Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.