Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk / Anissimov, Secude, Ventris, Et Al

Release Date: 10/5/2004
Catalog Number: 724359973098
Orchestra/Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Dmitry Shostakovitch’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is unquestionably one of the greatest operas of the twentieth century. This new production, filmed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona is part of the new "EMI Classics Opera on DVD" series, which presents first class productions from the great opera houses of the world. Featured in this production are Nadine Secude (Katerina Ismailova), Christopher Ventris (Sergey), and Anatoli Kotxerga (Boris Ismailov), conducted by Alexander Anissimov with the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk received its premiere at the Maly Theatre in Leningrad in 1934. The libretto, written by Shostakovich himself and Alexander Preys, is based on Nicolay Leskov’s novella of 1865. The story behind Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk offers an insight into Shostakovitch’s tormented life and the political, cultural and ideological persecution that took place in the Soviet communist world, notably under Stalin’s ruthless dictatorship that imposed the aesthetic of so-called ‘socialist realism.’

Inaugurated in 1847, the Gran Teatre del Liceu has been the most important opera house in Spain for more than 150 years. It has always formed the backbone of Catalan operatic life and through it the world has become familiar with the best voices in Spanish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Katerina Ismailova - Nadine Secunde
Sergey - Christopher Ventris
Boris Ismailov - Anatoli Kotcherga
Zinoviy Ismailov - Francisco Vas
Shabby Peasant - Graham Clark
Aksinya - Mireille Capelle
Sonyetka - Nino Surguladze
Chief of Police - Juha Kotilainen
Teacher - John Hurst
Priest - Maxim Mikhailov
Old Convict - Yevgeny Nesterenko
Mill-hand - Ramon Grau
Porter / Officer - Stanislav Shvets
Steward / Policeman - Francisco Santiago
Coachman - Jordi Mas
First Foreman - Francisco Javier Alonso
Second Foreman / Drunken Guest - Alfredo Heilbron
Third Foreman - Jordi Figueras
Sentry - Scott Wilde
Woman Convict - Cristina Obregón
Works on This Recording
1. Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op. 29 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Christopher Ventris (Tenor), Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass), Nadine Secunde (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930-1932 ; USSR
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