Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk returns to the Stavros Niarchos Hall, Athens in a production directed by Fanny Ardant, working with an all-star international creative team.
Based on the novel by Nikolai Leskov, with music by Russian composer Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk addresses the subject of a woman’s position in provincial society.
The work became famous worldwide in 1936 following its condemnation by Joseph Stalin and ultimate banning in the Soviet Union until 1961, on the grounds that its music was vulgar with a too positive stance toward its murderess protagonist.
Today the work is performed almost exclusively in its original version, allowing audiences to enjoy its inspired, tense and powerful music.
Appearing in the lead roles are Svetlana Sozdateleva –who, following her performance at the GNO in 2019, went on to play the role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York to great success– alongside Sergey Semishkur, Yanni Yannissis, Yannis Christopoulos, and others. Conducting is Fabrizio Ventura.
A Greek National Opera (GNO) production, with the GNO Orchestra and Chorus.
ABOUT THE VENUE
The Stavros Niarchos Hall is the main auditorium of the opera wing found inside SNFCC complex. Designed by the acclaimed Renzo Piano, it comprises of 1400 seats with outstanding acoustics designed to stage traditional operas and ballets. It became the new home of the Greek National Opera in 2017.
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