Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Requiem for a Russian woman

Interview with Ingo Metzmacher

By Marion Mirande 30 March 2019


© Markus Werner / OnP

Inspired by the profile of an adulterous and murderous woman, "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" is a work whose sexual energy did not escape Stalin when he discovered it in 1936. From then onwards, publicly accused of pornography, Dmitry Shostakovich lived in fear of being deported to Siberia, just like his heroine Katerina Izmailov. Ingo Metzmacher, conducting this new production, discusses the score's subversive force and his choice to punctuate the third and fourth acts with the Soviet composer's Quartet No. 8.

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