LADY MACBETH OF THE MTSENSK DISTRICT

Dmitrij Šostakovič

LADY MACBETH OF THE MTSENSK DISTRICT

Opera

The major music drama by Schostakovich.
An emotional testimony that won’t leave anyone intact.

The historical SND building

Shostakovich composed his Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District to the libretto by Alexander Preis based on the eponymous novel by Nikolai Leskov. It is one of the key music drama oeuvres of the 20th century, a tragedy – caricature, a portrait of rotten society built on the foundations of unrestrained sexuality. Embodied by Katerina – a frustrated and subjugated housekeeper who leaves dead bodies behind. Shostakovich played out this dissonant play of brutal emotionality by using solo concert instruments, choruses and intermezzos. The opera first enjoyed unprecedented success in all its 180 repeat performances. Yet during the Stalinist reign the composer was rejected in a political-tinted article entitled Chaos instead of Music. The opera had to wait until the 1960s for its new staging.

Musical direction: Jakub Klecker
Conductors: Jakub Klecker, Sander Teepen
Directed by: Jiří Nekvasil
Set design: Daniel Dvořák
Costumes design: Marta Roszkopfová
Chorus Master: Jurij Galatenko
Dramaturgy: Eva Mikulášková

Cast

Starý příručí Marek Pobuda
Zametač Jakub Kettner
První nádeník Václav Morys
Druhý nádeník Aleš Burda
Třetí nádeník Waldemar Wieczorek
Zbídačený mužík Rudolf Medňanský
Městský strážník Roman Vlkovič
Opilý host JIří Halama
Poddůstojník Petr Urbánek
Strážný Marek Pobuda
Sonětka Anna Nitrová
Starý trestanec Bogdan Kurowski