Published 16 January 2012

Lady Macbeth of Mzensk

It was a resounding success before it got banned and rewritten under a new name. Now Dimitrij Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mzensk will be performed at the Göteborg Opera for the very first time. This is the first Swedish production by Graham Vick, world famous opera director who has received multiple awards for his pioneering work in making opera accessible to all.

Lady Macbeth of Mzensk - a tragic satire in four acts - takes place in Russia and focuses on Katerina, the bored housewife of rich merchant Zinoviy. Katerina falls madly in love with worker Sergei, poisons her father-in-law Boris, participates in the murder of her husband and is finally deported to a prison camp, where she faces new horrors. Drama surrounded this opera from the very start. It was a great success at its original première in 1934 but was banned by Stalin two years later and rewritten under the title Katerina Ismajlova. That version was perfomed at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg in 1984 and was a huge success.

In addition to Graham Vick, several other world-class stars are involved at the Göteborg Opera for the very first time, both on stage and behind the scenes. Conductor Thomas Sanderling is very successful internationally and is especially known for his work with the St Petersburg Philharmonic. He also knew the composer of the opera personally. The main role will be performed by Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, internationally famous soprano from western Sweden who will now for the very first time perform at the Göteborg Opera. The role of Sergei will be sung by yet another singer from western Sweden who has performed all over the world: tenor Pär Lindskog. The third major role, Boris, will be performed by Göteborg Opera singer Mats Almgren. Once again, Graham Vick will work together with stage and costume designer Paul Brown.

The director wants the audience to attend this magnificent performance without any preparatory ideas. Therefore we won’t show any excerpts from the production during the press meeting, publish any pictures or describe the staging before the premiere. Press images will be available after the premiere performance starts on February 4. If you wish to interview any of the performers or the team behind the production, opportunities will be given to do so during the press meeting – please request in advance.

The press meeting will be held on January 26 at 4 pm. Meeting point: Stage Entrance at 3:50 pm.

Please contact press manager Jenny Jernberg if you will be attending before January 25. Premiere on February 4 at 6 pm. For review tickets, please contact Anita Manskog at + 46 (0)31-10 80 34 or email by Tuesday January 31 at the latest.

The performance will last for approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes, including the break.

Kind regards
Jenny Jernberg, Press Manager
The Göteborg Opera
031-10 80 35

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