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Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk.


  • Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk180′

Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk exploded on to the Leningrad and Moscow stages in 1934 and changed the history of opera. But art as dangerous as this had to be suppressed. Despite Stalin’s best efforts, Shostakovich's triple murderess has excited the hearts of audiences worldwide and wins success wherever she goes.

Sung in English. Venue address: Tower Ballroom, Reservoir Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9EE. Please be aware that for this production there will be no seating - you will be moving with the action. 
Recommended ages 16+.

Image: Chrystal E Williams (pictured here in Birmingham Opera Company’s The Ice Break), playing Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

We are delighted to present this Shostakovich opera alongside the programme in Mirga conducts Shostakovich on 16 March. Like Shostakovich's ballet The Limpid Stream (performed on 16 March), his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtensk was criticised by the Soviet authorities, and banned shortly after its premiere. His Symphony No.5 (also performed on 16 March) was a response to this public humiliation, and gave him instead a huge success – though the real meaning of this piece have been the subject of controversy ever since.


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