Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Release date
Opéra Bastille
Dmitri Shostakovich
Musical direction
Ingo Metzmacher
Stage direction
Krzysztof Warlikowski

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Photo credit
Bernd Uhlig/OnP

Main informations

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. Although one of the mainsprings of the work, the Shakespearean parallel is here bitterly ironic: unlike Lady Macbeth, Katerina Ismaïlova who, in the remote reaches of rural 19th century Russia, 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. Krzysztof Warlikowski liberates all the subversive power of this scorching and scandalous work, which marked the early years of the Opéra Bastille.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Artistic team

Opera in four acts and nine parts (1934)

Music / Dimitri Shostakovich
Libretto / Alexandre Preis, Dimitri Shostakovich
After Nikolaï Leskov

Conductor / Ingo Metzmacher
Director / Krzysztof Warlikowski
Sets / Krzysztof Warlikowski
Costumes / Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting design / Felice Ross
Choreography / Claude Bardouil
Dramaturgy / Christian Longchamp
Chorus master / José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Presented by Alain Duault


Boris Timofeevich Ismailov / Dmitry Ulyanov
Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov / John Daszak
Katerina Lvovna Ismailova / Aušrinė Stundytė
Serguei / Pavel Černoch
Aksinya / Sofija Petrovic
Le Balourd miteux / Wolfgang Ablinger‑Sperrhacke
Sonietka / Oksana Volkova
Un Maître d'école / Andrei Popov
Un Pope, un gardien / Krzysztof Baczyk
La Bagnarde / Marianne Croux
Le Chef de la police, le Vieux bagnard / Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Un Officier / Sava Vemic
Le Régisseur / Florent Mbia
Le Portier, le policier  / Julien Joguet
Les Contremaîtres  / Paolo Bondi, Cyrille Lovighi, Hyun-Jong Roh
Le Meunier / Jian-Hong Zhao
Le Cocher / John Bernard
Un Invité ivre / Fernando Velasquez


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