Shostakovich’s musically brilliant and ingeniously panoramic opera about love, lust, power and oppression is fabulously well played by the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons in this authoritative production. Stage director Martin Kusej builds on formidable musical strengths to forge a relentless drama that explores with emotional conviction the shadowy, layered boundaries between victims and perpetrators. First-rate protagonist Eva-Maria Westbroek is phenomenal in her gripping interpretation of Katarina, compelling the entire cast, including the choir, to almost unbearable realism in their portrayal of timeless human weaknesses.
Katerina Lvovna Ismailova: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Sergey: Christopher Ventris
Aksinya: Carole Wilson
Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov: Vladimir Vaneev
Sonyetka: Lani Poulson
Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov:Ludovít Ludha
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Stage Director: Martin Kusej
Plus:Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk : The Tragedy of Katerina Ismailova - a documentary film by Reiner E. Mortiz, including interviews with Martin Kusej, Mariss Jansons and leading members of the cast / Illustrated synopsis / Cast Gallery
Warning: This production contains stroboscopic light effects, nudity and scenes of a sexual nature.
Sound: 2.0 PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1
Duration: 236 mins
Region code: 0 All Regions