Dial M for Murder
Triple Murder and Suicide in One Night
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Returns to the Israeli Opera in March
We are all familiar with the Bard's Lady M, who pushes her husband to the limit in order to achieve the Scottish crown which was prophesized to him by the three witches on a stormy night after returning victorious from the battlefield.
Well it is this very Lady M that served as the model for the heroine of Nikolai Leskov's novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk who was moved from paper to the lyric stage by Dmitry Shostakovich in the opera that has the same title.
Katerina Levovna Ismailova is bored. She is quite rich, she lives comfortably in the family's estate, her husband spends a lot of time away in order to take care of business and her father in law is keeping safeguard so that she will remain faithful to her traveling husband.
But Katerina is bored and even more so she is intrigued by Sergei, the handsome worker who fascinates her much more than her husband who is on the road.
And so she sets to get her goal.
She poisons her father in law by serving him a meal with poisoned mushrooms.
Then she and Sergei kill her husband who returns home one night early and unexpected.
And then Katerina and Sergei marry.
All's well that end's well?
Their crime being discovered by the drunken fool, they are caught and exiled to Siberia. And on the long marching road to prison, Sergei encounters a young and sexy woman with whom he is infatuated. When Katerina discovers she has a rival, she acts again – she pushes Sonietka from the bridge to the freezing water of the lake.
Strike three – you are out!
And so is Katerina, who jumps too to her death!
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – a great 20th century opera of uncontrollable passions!
One of the most important operas of the 20th century - not to be missed!
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk March 10-19 at the Opera House of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk page on the site