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Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

Sunday

30.04.2023

19:30 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

OSR & GTG

Tuesday

09.05.2023

19:30 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

programme

Calixto Bieito
stage director

Aušrinė Stundytė
soprano

Dmitry Ulyanov
bass

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
Scenography

Ingo Krügler
Costumes Designer

Michael Bauer
Lighting Designer

Bettina Auer
Dramaturgy

Alan Woodbridge
Choir director

Aušrinė Stundytė
Katerina Lvovna Ismaïlova

Dmitry Ulyanov
Boris Timoféiévitch Ismaïlov

John Daszak
Zinovi Borissovitch Ismaïlov

Ladislav Elgr
Sergueï

Julieth Lozano
Aksinia

Kai Rüütel
Sonyetka

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

conductor

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel

Boléro

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 15 November 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva