LBOpera Cinema presents Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
2010-09-20 · By Editor
LBOpera Cinema and the Art Theatre of Long Beach continue their popular opera movie series with a rare showing of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth From Mtsensk, a lurid tale of sex, murder, and corruption. On Sunday September 26, 2010, fellow opera and music lovers will be treated to morning coffee, mimosas, and a pre-movie lecture with LBO Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek for the low, low price of $10. The movie is free!
Lady Macbeth From Mtsensk premiered in 1934 and was an enormous success. After Stalin saw it two years later, a review appeared in Pravda viciously condemning it. The opera was subsequently banned in the Soviet Union for almost 30 years.
The “heroine” Katerina is married to the impotent son of Boris, a greedy, lecherous merchant. Katerina poisons Boris. When her husband comes along, she and her lover Sergei kill him also and bury him in the cellar. Unfortunately, the dead husband’s body is discovered during her and Sergei’s wedding party. Haunted by guilt, Katerina confesses and the newlyweds are consigned to Siberia. When Sergei takes up with another woman, Katerina pushes her rival into the river and then jumps into the river herself.
Lady Macbeth From Mtsensk in Russian w/ English subtitles will be shown on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Art Theatre of Long Beach 2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, 90814.
Cost for the event is $10 for coffee, mimosas, and pre-film lecture. The movie is free. Tickets may be purchased online or call LBO at 562-432-5934.
Long Beach Opera – Andreas Mitisek, Artistic and General Director, 507 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA. 90802. Tel. 562-432-5934