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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 2015, Faig Ahmed

A powerful work of raw emotional intensity, the opera tells of the downfall of a bored provincial merchant’s wife who seeks solace and excitement in an extra-marital affair. Shostakovich’s music is fast-paced and dynamic, brimming with his hallmark orchestration and unmatched gifts for biting parody.
This bold and contemporary staging was designed and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, and was conducted by ENO Music Director Mark Wigglesworth.