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Katerina Izmailova
About the performance

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District is one of the most famous Russian operas of the 20th century. Not only did it vividly reflect the era but became its first victim. It was its demolition in the newspaper “Pravda” that started the campaign against formalism in Soviet art. The prohibited opera managed to return to the stage only after almost thirty years’ wait, in the new edition under the name Katerina Izmailova.

It was the edition that the Bolshoi Theatre referred to at the time when the hundred and tenth anniversary of the birth of the composer was celebrated. These days, when the first edition is the one that is performed around the world, Katerina Izmailova is a true operatic rarity. Tugan Sokhiev, the music director of the Bolshoi and of the production itself, is telling us what considerations the theatre was guided by to choose the second edition: “Knowing Shostakovich as the author of symphonies, quartets and ballets, I can say that late Shostakovich’s works seem closer and more interesting to me, and this particular edition of the opera allows me to have a deeper and further look into it. First of all, I am attracted to the continual development in Katerina Izmailova: from the beginning to the end our nerves are being wound on a reel”.

Premiered on February 18, 2016.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by Dmitry Shostakovich and Alexander Preis after Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov

Music Director
Tugan Sokhiev
Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 25 minutes
Language:
Russian

Sung in Russian with English surtitles.

The score has been made available by DSCH Publishers Moscow.
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Maria Lobanova as Katerina. Taras Shtonda as Boris Timofeyevich.

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Stanislav Mostovoy as Zinoviy Borisovich.

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Andrii Goniukov as Boris Timofeyevich. Nadja Michael as Katerina. Marat Gali as Zinoviy Borisovich.

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Marat Gali as Zinoviy Borisovich. Dmitry Ulyanov as Boris Timofeyevich.

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Maxim Paster as Zinoviy Borisovich. Taras Shtonda as Boris Timofeyevich.

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Oxana Gorchakovskaya as Aksinya. John Daszak as Sergei.

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Maria Gorelova as Aksinya. Oleg Dolgov as Sergei.

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Oleg Dolgov as Sergei. Maria Lobanova as Katerina.

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Oleg Dolgov as Sergei. Maria Lobanova as Katerina.

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Nadja Michael as Katerina. John Daszak as Sergei.

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Ivan Maximeyko as Shabby peasant. Oleg Dolgov as Sergei. Taras Shtonda as Boris Timofeyevich.

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Maria Lobanova as Katerina. Taras Shtonda as Boris Timofeyevich.

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Elena Popovskaya as Katerina. Vladimir Matorin as Priest.

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Valery Gilmanov as Priest. Maria Lobanova as Katerina. Taras Shtonda as Boris Timofeyevich.

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Stanislav Mostovoy as Zinoviy Borisovich.

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Maxim Paster as Zinoviy Borisovich. Maria Lobanova as Katerina.

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Andrei Gonuykov as Ghost of Boris Timofeyevich. John Daszak as Sergei. Nadja Michael as Katerina.

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Nikolai Kazansky as Seargeant.

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Andrei Grigoriev as Sergeant. Stanislav Mostovoy as Local nihilist.

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Vladimir Matorin as Priest. Elena Popovskaya as Katerina. John Daszak as Sergei.

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Nadja Michael as Katerina. John Daszak as Sergei.

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Stanislav Trofimov as Priest. Oleg Dolgov as Sergei. Maria Lobanova as Katerina. Alexander Kasyanov as Seargeant. Roman Muravitsky as Shabby peasant.

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Dmitry Golovnin as Sergei.

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Vyacheslav Pochapsky as Old convict.

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Nadja Michael as Katerina. John Daszak as Sergei.

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Evgenia Segenyuk as Sonyetka. Oleg Dolgov as Sergei.

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Irina Rubtsova as Woman convict. Nadja Michael as Katerina. Vyacheslav Pochapsky as Old convict.

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Svetlana Shilova as Sonyetka. Nadja Michael as Katerina.

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Cast
05 December
2021

Sunday, 14:00

04 December
2021

Saturday, 19:00

03 December
2021

Friday, 19:00

02 December
2021

Thursday, 19:00

01 December
2021

Wednesday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Scene 1

The merchant Zinoviy Borisovich Izmailov’s house. His wife Katerina Lvovna is bored with her tedious life and loveless marriage.

Boris Timofeyevich, her father-in-law, reproaches her for not yet having given his son an heir.

A mill-hand arrives with news that a dam at the mill has broken and needs immediate repair. Zinoviy Borisovich personally goes to oversee the work. Before leaving, he introduces to his father a new foreman named Sergei.

Boris Timofeyevich wants the servants to see the master off with crying and makes Katerina swear an oath to be faithful while her husband is away.

When no one’s listening, the cook, Aksinya, tells Katerina that the handsome Sergei was dismissed from his last job because the mistress fell for him.

Boris Timofeyevich again reproves his daughter-in-love for being indiffirent to her husband leaving.

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