Shostakovich’s ‘Lady’

February 22, 2011 22:17

Israeli Opera’s 26th season continues with revival of one of most significant operas of 20th century – Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

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Shostakovich's lady

Shostakovich's Lady 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Israeli Opera’s 26th season continues with a revival of one of the most significant operas of the 20th century – Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, a passionate love story in which the protagonist commits a triple murder before taking her own life, once she realized that the man she loves doesn’t care for her anymore.

Canadian-American conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson returns to the Israeli Opera to lead an international and local cast in the classic production, which was originally directed 13 years ago by the late Irina Molostova, a close friend of Shostakovich. The joint production of the Israeli Opera and the Kirov (Mariinski Opera from St. Petersburg) features sets designed by George Tsypin and lighting designed by Vladimir Lukasevitch.

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The production is directed by Yulia Pevzner, based on Molostova’s original production.

Wilson will conduct the Israeli Opera chorus and the opera orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion. Nine performances are planned at the Opera House, beginning on March 9. The opera is performed in Russian with Hebrew and English surtitles.

As with all Israeli Opera performances, a 30-minutes pre-performance lecture (in Hebrew) will be available to all ticket holders one hour before curtain time. Opera Talkbacks will take place after several of the performances.

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