Soprano Michelle Trainor/Aksinya, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Aksinya, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Boston Symphony Orchestra


Time: January 25, 2024 7:00 PM
Location: Boston Symphony Hall, Boston MA
Event Type: Concert
Organized By: Boston Symphony Orchestra
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About Tour

The most ambitious single endeavor in the BSO and Andris Nelsons’s multi-year Shostakovich survey, the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was also an immense undertaking for its twenty-four-year-old composer.

Celebrated soprano Kristine Opolais sings the leading role in this dark portrayal of Katarina Izmailova, the oppressed, ambitious, and ultimately murderous wife of a provincial merchant. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk became a worldwide sensation following its 1934 premiere, but it also led to the first major crisis between Shostakovich and Joseph Stalin’s oppressive regime.

Concert performances, sung in Russian with English supertitles

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Kristine Opolais, soprano (Katerina Izmailova)
Pavel Černoch, tenor (Sergei)
Sergei Skorokhodov, tenor (Zinovy Izmailov)
Günther Groissböck, bass (Boris Izmailov and Ghost of Boris)
Michelle Trainor, soprano (Aksinya)
Matthew DiBattista, tenor (Teacher)
Charles Blandy, Neal Ferreira, and Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenors (Foremen)
Charles Blandy, tenor (Drunken Guest)
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor (Coachman)
Alexander Kravets, tenor (Shabby Peasant)
David Kravitz, baritone (Millhand)
Dmytro Kalmuchyn, baritone (Porter)
Joo Won Kang, baritone (Steward)
Patrick Guetti, bass (Officer and Sentry)
Goran Juric, bass (Priest)
Anatoli Sivko, bass (Chief of Police)
Sava Vemić, bass (Policeman)
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Burton, conductor

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