Metropolitan Opera Announces Major Cast Change for ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for its production of Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.”

The company noted that Russian soprano Svetlana Sozdateleva will make her Met debut singing Katerina Ismailova in all performances replacing Eva-Maria Westbroek.

Sozdateleva was set to make her Met debut during the 2020-21 season in the “The Fiery Angel” but was canceled due to the pandemic. She has performed at La Monnaie, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Scottish Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, Latvian National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Den Norske Opera, Finnish National Opera, and Stadttheater Klagenfurt, among others. She has performed the role of Katerina Ismailova at such theaters as the Helikon Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Den Norske Opera Oslo, Finnish National Opera Helsinki, Greek National Opera, and Stadttheater Klagenfurt to great acclaim.

For her portrayal critics have raved stating, “the impressive Russian soprano Svetlana Sozdateleva, the Lady Macbeth of the title, created a compelling Katerina Ismailova, full of passion and urges, ready to do everything -even murder- and to accept the consequences, to free herself and live love. Following her movement and listening to her robust, shining voice, we felt her inner struggle, the boredom next to her boring husband, the hatred for the tyrannous lustful father-in-law, the desire and jealousy for Sergei. She became the anti-hero that forces you to like her, even to give reason to her actions, exactly like Shostakovich would have liked.”

Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the production which also stars Brandon Jovanovich, Nikolai Schukoff, John Relyea, Maria Barakova, Rodell Rosel, Goran Jurić, and Alexey Shishlyaev.

“Lady Macbeth Mtsenk” opens on Sept. 29 and runs through Oct. 21, 2022.