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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a powerful work of raw emotional intensity. With themes of adultery and murder, the story follows the downfall of a bored provincial merchant’s wife who seeks solace and excitement in an extra-marital affair.
With a bold and contemporary setting, the staging provides the perfect backdrop to this 20th-century opera’s unflinching approach to sex and violence.
Shostakovich’s fast-paced and dynamic score will be conducted by ENO Music Director Mark Wigglesworth. He is partnered by Dmitri Tcherniakov, one of the most in-demand directors currently working in opera.
'The finest Shostakovich interpreter of his generation' BBC Music Magazine on conductor Mark Wigglesworth
The world-class cast is led by soprano Patricia Racette, one of today’s greatest singing actresses, alongside acclaimed British tenors John Daszak as her lover, Sergei, and Peter Hoare as the cuckolded Zinovy.
Running time3 hours including interval
Sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage. Please note: No view of surtitles from row H backwards in Dress Circle and rows K & L in the Upper Circle.
David Powell18th October
This was the first time I had seen Mtsensk. The production was gripping from the opening set - a modern office juxtaposed with what came across as a stifling traditional home - and (surprisingly) provided exactly the right backdrop for the brutality that followed. Katerina was superb with an amazing range: her emotional pain in the closing scenes was almost unbearable. The orchestra made what I feared might be inaccessible atonality into a fully integrated and stunning experience. Not a single weak performance from the rest of the cast (John Danszak especially strong). Thank you.
James Witham18th October
Not the best of Shostakovich's music. The best bits consisted of his music played over silent action on stage - he was not a native opera writer. . A work of its time with undigested expressionist overtones, a puerile investment in the crass and shocking and a disjointed and incredible plot. I cannot fault the performances.