Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk (De Nederlandse Opera)

Overview

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) first mounted his epic opera Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk in 1934; an examination of greed, lust and betrayal that Shostakovich adapted from the short story "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District" by Nikolai Leskov, it tells of a working-class Russian woman who falls hard for one of her husband's co-workers and is driven to homicide. The production in this release emerged in 2006, under the auspices of De Nederlandse Opera and its managing director Truze Lodder. It stars ...
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Overview

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) first mounted his epic opera Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk in 1934; an examination of greed, lust and betrayal that Shostakovich adapted from the short story "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District" by Nikolai Leskov, it tells of a working-class Russian woman who falls hard for one of her husband's co-workers and is driven to homicide. The production in this release emerged in 2006, under the auspices of De Nederlandse Opera and its managing director Truze Lodder. It stars Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role; the supporting cast includes Carole Wilson, Alexandre Kravets and Christopher Ventris. The Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra lend added musical support, Martin Kušej directs for the stage, and Mariss Jansons handles musical direction.
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Special Features

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: The Tragedy of Katerina Ismailova; ; A documentary flm by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with Martin Kusej, Mariss Jansons and leading members of the cast; ; Illustrated Synopsis; Cast Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
1/2 The production reinforces the opera's brutishness, reducing the scenery to cages and amplifying the exposed flesh and raw sex. But this release has the edge on the competing EMI DVD...by being true to the work's shattering, subversive spirit.
Toronto Star - John Terauds
In this raw, raunchy 2006 production from Amsterdam, the Nederlandse Opera plays up the grit and grimace factor with a powerful cast led by Eva-Maria Westbroek as Katerina.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • UPC: 809478070313
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Dutch
  • Time: 3:56:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 73,515

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