Svetlana Sozdateleva Leads Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera is set to revive Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth Mtsenk” in Graham Vick’s 1994 production.

The production, which will be performed six times, opens on Sept. 29 with Russian soprano Svetlana Sozdateleva in the lead role of Katerina Ismailova. The soprano, who is making her Met debut, has performed the role to great acclaim at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Norwegian National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Moscow’s Helikon Opera, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

Joining her is American tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Sergei, Katerina’s lover, tenor Nikolai Schukoff as Zinovy Ismailov, and bass-baritone John Relyea as Boris. Rounding out the cast will be Maria Barakova, Rodell Rosel, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, and Goran Jurić. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the opera which is set to run through Oct. 21.

The Shostakovich opera is based on a novella by Nikolai Leskov, and is known as an undisputed masterpiece of the last century. It was recently adapted into a film “Lady Macbeth” starring Florence Pugh, which premiered at the Toronto International Film festival.

Additionally, the Sept. 29 and Oct. 12 performances of “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355. A performance from fall 2022 will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network on Feb, 25, 2023.