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Lady Macbeth von Mzensk

100 min
M1500 .S56 L43 2000 DVD

Opera. Music by Dmitri Schostakowitsch. Libretto Alexander Preis and Dmitri Schostakowitsch.

Based on a story written by renowned Russian writer Kikolai Leskov in 1865, "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" is the tale of Katerina Ismailova, who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The action takes place in Mtsensk immediately before the Russian Revolution in October 1917. The Ismailovas are rich landowners, and the household consists of Boris, who rules the house in a typically patriarchal manner, his weak son, Zinovy, and Katerina. In the tradition of "Anna Karenina" and "Madame Bovary." Katerina's fatalistic pursuit of passion has disastrous effects.

Legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote the lead role of Katerina for famed Russian vocalist Galina vishnevskaya, whose amazing soprano can be heard in this filmed version. Her husband, Mstislav Rostropovich, conducts. International opera performer Nicolai Gedda provides the voice of Katerina's lover, Sergei. Opera aficionados may recognize the voices of Aage Haugland and Robert Tear in minor roles.

Markéta Hrubesová with the voice of Galina Wishnewskaya (Katerina), Michal Dlouhý with the voice of Nicolai Gedda (Sergej), Petr Hanicinec with the voice of Dimiter Petkov (Boris), Václav Neckár with the voice of Werner Krenn (Sinowi) ; London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Ambrosian Opera Chorus ; conductor, Mstislaw Rostropowitsch.

ung in Russian with English subtitles; credits in German.

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