Greek National Opera
Lady Macbeth of Mnentsk by Dmitri Shostakovich
Based on a novel by Nikolai Leskov, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk treats the subject of woman’s position in provincial pre-revolutionary Russia. At the same time, Shostakovich astutely satirizes institutions of his day, such as the church and the tsarist police. The story is about Katerina Izmailova, the wife of a wealthy merchant, who feels neglected and trapped in her marriage. She falls in love with one of the workers at her homestead and for his sake she ends up murdering her father-in-law and her husband. Katerina marries her beloved one, however when the murders are revealed, the couple is arrested. On the way to Siberia, Katerina gets in a fight with some new prospective mistress of her husband and they both get swept away in the freezing waters of the river.
The GNO has commissioned the production of Shostakovich’s masterpiece to Fanny Ardant, a prominent figure of the French cinema and theatre. Aiming at a high-level artistic output of worldwide appeal, Fanny Ardant introduces a great creative team to the Greek audience: Tobias Hoheisel in sets, Milena Canonero and Petra Reinhardt in costumes, Luca Bigazzi in lighting and (LA)HORDE collective in movement coaching. In the title role, the outstanding Russian soprano, with the exceptional vocal capacity and stage presence, Svetlana Sozdateleva, who has successfully interpreted Katerina Izmailova, among others, in Moscow, Oslo, Helsinki, and has appeared at leading opera houses in Brussels, Berlin, Bologna, Munich, Saint Petersburg etc.
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