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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Closed April 27, 2018

...a benchmark alchemy of music and theatre

The Independent

Why See Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk?

One of Shostakovich's Greatest Lost Works

As with most of Shostakovich's works, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk suffered strict censorship from the Stalinist regime. A roaring success when it premiered in 1934, just two years later it was buried under political disapproval. The persecuted composer's work now stands as a testament to his latent operatic genius, celebrated in Richard Jones' thrilling production which returns to the Royal Opera House after a rapturous debut in 2004.

Combining tragedy with black humour, the story follows the misfortunes of bored housewife Katerina. She takes a lover, Sergey, but is soon found out by her father-in-law Boris. Together the couple murder Boris and Katerina's unfortunate husband. Death begets death when they are sent away to a prison camp...

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Opening night: 12 April 2018

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