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Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District



19:30 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

Grand Théâtre de Genève



19:30 — Grand Théâtre de Genève


Calixto Bieitostage director

Aušrinė Stundytėsoprano

Dmitry Ulyanovbass

Opera by Dmitri Shostakovich
Libretto by Alexandre Preis
First performed in 1934 at the Maly Drama Theatre
Last performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève 2006-2007

Alejo Pérez
Musical Director

Calixto Bieito
Stage Director

Rebecca Ringst

Ingo Krügler
Costumes Designer

Michael Bauer
Lighting Designer

Bettina Auer

Alan Woodbridge
Choir director

Aušrinė Stundytė
Katerina Lvovna Ismaïlova

Dmitry Ulyanov
Boris Timoféiévitch Ismaïlov

John Daszak
Zinovi Borissovitch Ismaïlov

Ladislav Elgr

Julieth Lozano

Kai Rüütel

Michael Laurenz
Shabby Peasant

Aleksey Tikhomirov
Pope / Old Convict

Alexey Shishlyaev
Chief of Police

Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Produced by the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, first performed in 2014

The music

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote of his second opera: "Even if Katerina Lvovna is a murderer, she is not a scumbag. Her conscience torments her. (...) I can empathise with her...". In addition to murder, the opera features (audibly!) brutal sex, sadistic harassment and sexual assault.

Buoyed by the steamy love affair between Katerina and Sergey, the opera also includes fragments of operetta, music hall, cabaret and jazz with the orchestra leading the party - one senses Shostakovich's vast experience as a silent film accompanist. Calixto Bieito, for one, is in a film noir mood, setting the opera in a rotten industrial labyrinth, where one can only work in hazmat suits, and which recalls the polluted and dilapidated metropolises of Russia and China... or Detroit.

According to Bieito: "It's not Romeo and Juliet, it's the apocalyptic thriller of love in a post-capitalist system." The Argentine Alejo Pérez conducts the OSR and we introduce the dazzling Lithuanian soprano Aušrinė Stundytė in the title role.

OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva