Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Approximate running time 3 hrs. 15 min.
Shostakovich’s towering tragedy of adultery and murder stars the commanding dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the heroine who suffers the vicissitudes of her treachery. Brandon Jovanovich is her co-conspirator and lover, and James Conlon conducts.
Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role "brings aching vulnerability and delicate singing to her overwhelming performance." Brandon Jovanovich "is ideal as Sergei. His singing is bright and virile, and he is dramatically fearless." James Conlon draws an "inspired, incisive and colorful performance... from the great Met Orchestra." (New York Times)
A "brilliant production, cleverly conceived and imaginatively focused... The splendid cast was properly dominated by Eva-Maria Westbroek, dramatically uninhibited, emotionally wide-ranging... Brandon Jovanovich conveyed the lust and languor of her sometime lover, Sergei, with savage bravado... James Conlon brilliantly juggled passion and pathos, tragedy and satire in the pit... Five stars." (Financial Times)
"Completely engrossing... Westbroek was supported by a cast that was superb from top to bottom." (New York Classical Review)
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