Lady Macbeth de Mzensk: Paris Opera

Opéra national de Paris ©Charles-Henry Bédué

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Don't miss the opportunity to hear an extraordinary cast unter the baton of Ingo Metzmacher. Stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski liberates all the subversive power of this scorching and scandalous work, which marked the early years of the Opéra Bastille.

Of Shostakovich’s initial undertaking – a trilogy on the tragic destinies of Russian women through the ages – only one opera was ever written: the hard-hitting Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. But unlike Lady Macbeth, Katerina Ismaïlova who falls in love with one of her husband’s employees and is finally forced to commit suicide, is less a manipulator than a victim of a violent and patriarchal society.

Sung in Russian with surtitles in English and French.

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