Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Music, Classical and opera
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Soprano and renowned singing actress Patricia Racette plays Katerina, a woman sapped by the boredom of rural life in Russia. A torrid affair leads to violence and murder. Shostakovich's opera gets a lively new staging from Dmitri Tcherniakov, and is conducted by ENO Music Director Mark Wigglesworth.

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This is the kind of opera you'd steal your kids ear protectors for. Loud and brash, you'll feel fully immersed with the music. They couldn't fit all the musicians in the pit so consolidated the four boxes nearest the stage - the sound makes your heart thump. Set in a modern working factory, it couldn't feel more present day. Which is juxtaposed with Katerina's apartment and clothing - she looks the wife of a merchant. A long night out clocking nearly 3 hours 20 minutes, this is an opera full of passion, sex, betrayal, amusements and a supporting cast of, well, quite a few. Perhaps not one for opera beginners, this is one for those who know their Puccini from their Mozart.