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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Dmitri Shostakovich's iconic opera, returns to the Stavros Niarchos Hall at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre on 21, 24, 27 and 31 October and on 5 and 9 November 2023.
Based on a novel by Nikolai Leskov, the story follows Katerina Ismailova, the wife of a wealthy merchant, who feels neglected and trapped in her marriage. She falls in love with one of the workers on her farm, for whom she murders her father-in-law and husband.
Dmitry Shostakovich explores from the question of the status of women in provincial pre-revolutionary Russia and chooses to satirise institutions of the same period, such as the church and the Tsarist police, with great insight.
The play is directed by Fabrizio Ventura, while the production is directed by Fanny Ardan and aided by a donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of its support for the Greek National Opera.