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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Tragedy of Katerina Ismailova

A film by Reiner Moritz. De Nederlandse Opera

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Tragedy of Katerina Ismailova A film by Reiner Moritz. De Nederlandse Opera

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Reiner E. Moritz highlightens the tragic story of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth, based on Martin Kusej bold production for the Dutch National Opera.

In Shostakovich's second opera, the tedium of everyday Russian life determines the fate of protagonist Katerina Ismailova. It is a work about the irrepressible nature of sexual urges, about erotic deeds of violence and liberation. Some of the scenes reached an unheard-of level of explicitness and were likely to have shocked the first audiences, but the work as a whole is an ode to love. The composer employs a polymorphic style with a wide variety of collage-like elements, but classical structures are clearly recognizable as well. The work's initial success was silenced by the publication of an official denunciation of the opera in the official Communist Party newspaper Pravda; this attack heralded a merciless, widespread and long-lasting idealistic clampdown on the Soviet music world.

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  • Directed by: Reiner E. Moritz
  • Production date: 2007
  • Duration: 1 h 05 min
  • Production: © De Nederlandse Opera / Opus Arte
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR, EN

Casting

  • Featuring exclusive interviews of:
  • Martin Kušej | Stage director
  • Mariss Jansons | Conductor
  • Eva-Maria Westbroek | Katerina Ismailova
  • Christopher Ventris | Sergey
  • Vladimir Vaneev | Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov
  • Ludovít Ludha | Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov
  • Carole Wilson | Aksinya

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