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14.05.2021 at 19h00 CET
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 19:00

Birmingham Opera Company

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Bleak and brilliant satire, re-shaped and sharpened in Birmingham

Operas | Shostakovich

A bored, unhappily married woman dreams of love and of starting anew elsewhere. When she starts an affair with a rakish farmhand, her passion pushes her to crime...


Birmingham Opera Company's 50th production relocates Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to a disused, iconic nightclub where, amidst the 150 volunteer actors and chorus, audience members encountered bloody brides, oversized rats and poisoned wedding guests. Accompanied on stage by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a band from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and with a radical set design by the Banksy collaborators Block 9, ‘the production is perhaps its most brilliant so far’ (The Observer)

Recorded in March 2019.


Sung in English. Subtitles are available in English with the option of auto-translation into over 100 other languages.

Available from
14.05.2021 at 19h00 CET

Available until
14.08.2021 at 12h00 CET

The WifeChrystal E Williams
The Father in LawEric Greene
The HusbandJoshua Stewart
The LoverBrenden Gunnell
The EngineerThemba Mvula
The DriverDominick Felix
The MaidGrace Nyandoro
The Seedy LoutJames Kryshak
The PorterAndrew Clarke
The StewardJames Ioelu
The Three ForemenAndrew Clarke, Dominick Felix, Jack Sandison
The PriestJames Ioelu
The Father in Law's GhostEric Greene
The Chief of PoliceQuentin Hayes
The Arresting OfficerThemba Mvula
The SocialistEdward Harrisson
The Drunken GuestDominick Felix
The Prison GuardsThemba Mvula, James Ioelu
The PrisonerEric Greene
The Pole DancerLilly Papaioannou
The Other WomanGrace Nyandoro
ChorusBirmingham Opera Company Chorus and Actors
OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

MusicDmitri Shostakovich
TextAlexander Preis and Dmitri Shostakovich, based on a short story by Nikolai Leskov. English version based on the translation by David Pountney.
ConductorAlpesh Chauhan
DirectorGraham Vick
Movement DirectorRon Howell
Lighting DesignGiuseppe Di Iorio
Chorus MasterJonathan Laird

The wife and her husband are tyrannised by the father in law, bitter that they have not bred him a grandchild. When the husband leaves on business, the wife takes a lover - a new worker.
The father in law finds out and whips the lover to the brink of death. The wife poisons her father in law. Determined to make her new found happiness last, she kills the husband, hides the body and marries the lover.
The police, unhappy at not being invited to the wedding, crash the party and find the body.
In prison, she finds out exactly who she has married.