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Lady Macbeth at Mtsensk

Synopsis
The last episode in a series on works by Shostakovich which were influenced by Stalin’s rule. Peter Maniura presents a recording of the award-winning Royal Opera House production by Richard Jones. With Eva-Maria Wetbroak in the title role and Christopher Ventris as Sergey. The Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra is conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Series
Forbidden Shostakovich
Language
Russian
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
11 Nov 2006 at 19:00 (Channel: BBC4)
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Richard Jones
Cinematographer
Mimi Jordan Sherin
Music
Dmitri Shostakovich
Production Design
John F. Macfarlane
Costume
Nicky Gillibrand
Choreographer
Linda Dobell
Contributor
Antonio Pappano; Peter Maniura
Cast
Eva-Maria WestbroekKaterina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth)
Andrew StritheranCoachman
Andrew StritheranSecond Workman
Carole WilsonAksinya
Christine RiceSonyetka
Christopher LacknerMill Hand
Christopher VentrisSergey
Gwynne HowellOld Convict
John BernaysSergeant
John DaszackZinoy Ismailova
John TomlinsonBoris Ismailov
Jonathan FisherPorter
Krysztof SzumanskiSentry
Krysztof SzumanskiSteward
Maxim MikhailovPriest
Miriam MurphyFemale Convict
Nikola MatisicTeacher
Peter BronderDrunken Guest
Roderick EarlePolice Inspector
Thomas BarnardPoliceman

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
Shostakovich, Dmitri

Notes

Notes
Sung in Russian with English surtitles.

The cast list given for this entry is based on the information provided by the Royal Opera House programme information for that season (2006/7).
General
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Shostakovich’s opera in four acts is based on the novella of the same title, written by Nikolai Leskov in 1864/1865. The opera was first performed on 22 January 1934 at the Leningrad Maly Theatre to great acclaim.
Despite its success, the Communist Party under Stalin ordered it to be withdrawn from the stage in 1936. In the Soviet Union the opera was banned for almost thirty years.
History
The five-part series ‘Forbidden Shostakovich’ was broadcast on the digital channel BBC4 to mark the centenary of the composer’s birth.
Awards
Olivier Award for Best Opera when first staged in 2004

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