‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ Returns to the Greek National Opera

By Francisco Salazar

The Greek National Opera is set to present a revival of Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” at the Stavros Niarchos Hall.

The production is directed by renowned French actress Fanny Ardant who noted, “Lady Macbeth sets a mirror before us. And in it, we see our own selves. Lady Macbeth is our wild reflection, restless and free. How can the part of ourselves that fights back against the law survive within conventional, homogenized society? To love criminals is a risk. And it is one I take. I love Katerina Ismailova. She is not only one of Leskov’s characters in an opera by Shostakovich – no, she is also an ever-present individual, even in our own time. And if we pay close enough attention, we may well encounter her.”

Soprano Svetlana Sozdateleva will bring her acclaimed portrayal to Greece for the first time. OperaWire noted of her Metropolitan Opera 2022 performances, “Svetlana Sozdateleva Shined in Graham Vick’s Picture-Perfect Production.”

The soprano will be joined by Sergey Semishkur, Yanni Yannissis, and Yannis Christopoulos. Fabrizio Ventura conducts the opera.

“Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk” is set to be performed from Oct. 21 to Nov. 9, 2023.