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Theatre director Evgeny Titov stages Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mzensk” in Wiesbaden

On 2 October 2020, Dmitri Shostakovich's opera “Lady Macbeth of Mzensk” is to have its premiere at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden.

After two successful Wiesbaden productions, Russian director Evgeny Titov will take over his first opera direction with this often staged work, which created a scandal at its 1934 premiere and provoked a devastating reaction from Stalin. GMD Patrick Lange is responsible for the music of the new production.

The young Swedish soprano Cornelia Beskow is to be introduced at the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden in the title role. Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov will be sung by Andrey Valentiy and Zinovi Borisovich Ismailov by Beau Gibson.

Shostakovich's highly dramatic opera is based on a draft by the Russian writer Nikolai Leskov and tells of the young woman Katerina, hungry for life who with all her needs is withering away, trapped in her husband landlord's dark world. In her attempt to escape this privation, she becomes a double murderer. Shostakovich's “Lady Macbeth”, according to the State Theatre Wiesbaden in its premiere announcement, is one of the great musical theatre works of the 20th century.

Premiere Dmitri Shostakovich:
Lady Macbeth of Mzensk. Opera
Musical Director GMD: Patrick Lange
Production: Evgeny Titov
State: Christian Schmidt
Costume: Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Lighting: Oliver Porst
Choir: Albert Horne
Dramaturgy: Wolfgang Behrens 
Cast of singers:
Katerina Lvovna Ismailowa: Cornelia Beskov
Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov: Andrey Valentiy
Sinovi Borissovich Ismailov: Beau Gibson
Sergei / Bote: Aaron Cawley
Aksinya: Michelle Ryan
The shabby one: Erik Biegel
Pope / Old forced labourer/ Sergeant: Timo Riihonen
Sonyetka: Fleuranne Brockway
Female forced labourer: Sharon Kempton
Domestic servant / guardian: Frederic MörthChoir, extra choir & extras of the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden, choir soloists of the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden, the Hessian State Orchestra Wiesbaden

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