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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich

Mariss Jansons, Martin Kušej – Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina Lvovna Ismailova), Ludovít Ludha (Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov), Christopher Ventris (Sergey) – De Nederlandse Opera

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich Mariss Jansons, Martin Kušej – Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina Lvovna Ismailova), Ludovít Ludha (Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov), Christopher Ventris (Sergey) – De Nederlandse Opera

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Shostakovich's subversive opera directed for stage by Martin Kušej for the composer's 100th birthday! Featuring the Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role, and making her long awaited debut at Der Nederlandse 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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Program

  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk
    • I, 1: "Akh, Nye Spitsa Ból'she, Popróbuyu" (Katarina)
    • I, 1: "V dyévkakh lúchshe bylo" (Katerina)
    • I, 1: "Gribki sevódnya búdut?"
    • I, 1: " Prigotóv otrávu dlya krys"
    • I, 1: "Govori!... Plotinu-to na"
    • I, 1: "Proshcháy, Katerina"
    • I, 1: "Chevó vstal? Chevó ostanovilsa?"
    • I, 1: Interlude
    • I, 2: "Ay! Ay! Ay!"
    • I, 2: "Bárynya!... Ah! Shto s tobóyu?"
    • I, 2: "A nu-s, pozvól'te rúku-s"
    • I, 2: Interlude
    • I, 3: "Spat' porá, Dyen proshól"
    • I, 3: "Zherebyónok k koby lke torópitsa"
    • I, 3: "Kto éto, kto, kto stuchit?"
    • I, 3: "Ya poydú... Proshcháy"
    • II, 4: "Shto znáchit stárost'"
    • II, 4: "Podóknami u chzuhikh"
    • II, 4: "Proshcháy, Kátya, proshcháy!"
    • II, 4: "Ustál... Prikázhete mnye postegát'?"
    • II, 4: "V kladovúyu Sergéya záperli"
    • II, 4: "Vidno, skóro uzh zaryá"
    • II, 4: "Bátya, isporvyédatsa"
    • II, 4: "Akh, Borís Timoféyevich"
    • II, 4: Interlude
    • II, 5: "Sergéy, Seryózha!"
    • II, 5: "Kátya, prikhódit konyéts lyubvi náshey"
    • II, 5: "Nye pechál'sa, Sergéy"
    • II, 5: "Opyát usnúl"
    • II, 5: "Nu? Chevó tebyé?"
    • II, 5: "Slúshay, Sergéy, Sergéy!"
    • II, 5: "Katerína!... Kto tam?"
    • II, 5: "Tepyér shabásh"
    • III, 6: "Shto ty tut shoísh?"
    • III, 6: "U menyá bylá kumá"
    • III, 6: Interlude
    • III, 7: "Sózdan politséysky byl vo vrémya onó"
    • III, 7: "U Izmaylovoy seychás pir goróy"
    • III, 7: "Váshe blagorodie!... Chevó tebyé?"
    • III, 7: Interlude
    • III, 8: "Sláva suprúgam"
    • III, 8: "Shto takóe?... Zamók sórvan"
    • III, 8: "Shto takóe? Pózdno!"
    • IV, 9: "Vyórsty odná za drugóy"
    • IV, 9: "Stepánych! Propustí menyá"
    • IV, 9: "Nye lekhkó pósle pochóta da poklónov"
    • IV, 9: "Moyó pochtyénye!"
    • IV, 9: "Ládno dostánu!"
    • IV, 9: "Na chulkí! Idyóm, tepyér ty moyà!"
    • IV, 9: "V lesú, v sámoy cháshche yest' ózero"
    • IV, 9: "Znáesh li, Sonyétka"
    • IV, 9: "Vstaváy! Po mestám! Zhívo!"
    • IV, 9: "Akh!... Bózhe moy! Shto takóe?"

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Thomas Grimm
  • Venue: De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Production date: 2006
  • Duration: 2 h 45 min
  • Production: © Der Nederlandse Opera / Opus Arte
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR, EN, ES

Casting

  • Martin Kušej | Stage director
  • Martin Zehetgruber | Set designer
  • Heide Kastler | Costumes
  • Reinhard Traub | Lighting
  • Eva-Maria Westbroek | Katerina Lvovna Ismailova
  • Christopher Ventris | Sergey
  • Vladimir Vaneev | Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov & Old Convict
  • Ludovít Ludha | Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov
  • Carole Wilson | Aksinya & Femme prisonnière
  • Alexandre Kravets | Shabby Peasant
  • Nikita Storojev | Chief of Police
  • Alexander Vassiliev | Priest & Guard
  • Valentin Jar | Teacher
  • Lani Poulson | Sonyetka

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