First Nighter: "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" Has Her Way at the Met

November 11, 2014 6:45 PM

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When in 1934 Dmitri Shostakovich, not yet 30, composed Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, he provided music for all sorts of special occasions. For just a sampling, he wrote music to have sex behind a refrigerator by, music to be buried by, music to have high anxiety by and music to have nightmares starring men in bloodied wedding gowns by.

At least that's what Graham Vick understood when he directed Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera House 20 years ago. Happily, that's what's still apparent in the production's second revival at the house. (The first was in 2000.) Conducting, as he did in 1994, James Conlon gets everythi...

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