Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District / Katerina Ismailova (Libretto. LADY MACBETH OF THE MTSENSK DISTRICT / KATERINA ISMAILOVAOpera in four acts. Libretto. Alexander Preiss and Dmitry Shostakovichafter the short story by Nikolay Leskov. Premiere. First version (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District): 2. January 1. 93. 4, Leningrad (Maly Opera House)Second version (Katerina Ismailova): 2. December 1. 96. 2, Moscow (Stanislavsky- Nemirovich- Danchenko Music Theatre)Cast.
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – Shostakovich Mariss Jansons, Martin Ku Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Nicolai Gedda,Mstislav Rostropovich,Galina Vishnevskaya on AllMusic - 1993 - The Soviet censors' condemnation of Lady. In the course of a single season, over 30 operas from four centuries are performed along with ballets, concerts and song recitals. This makes the programme of the Bayerische Staatsoper one of the most richly varied performance. This recording was a labor of love for Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya. It had long been their wish to make a complete recording of Dmitri Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which they fulfilled.
KATERINA ISMAILOVA (Soprano)BORIS ISMAILOV (Bass)ZINOVY ISMAILOV (Tenor)SERGEI (Tenor)MILL- HAND (Baritone)COACHMAN (Tenor)AKSINYA (Soprano)SHABBY PEASANT (Tenor)PORTER (Bass)STEWARD (Bass)Three FOREMEN (Tenors)PRIEST (Bass)CHIEF OF POLICE (Baritone)POLICEMAN (Bass)TEACHER (Tenor)DRUNKEN GUEST (Tenor)OLD CONVICT (Bass)SENTRY (Bass)SONYETKA (Contralto)WOMAN CONVICT (Soprano)SERGEANT (Bass)CHORUSworkers, policemen, guests, convicts. Place. Mtsensk, Russia. Time. 18. 65. ACT ONESCENE ONEKaterina is lying on her bed yawning.
KATERINAOh, I don't feel like sleep any more, but I'll try. No, I can't sleep.
Of course, I slept all night, then got upand drank tea with my husband,then went back to bed. After all, there's nothing else to do. O Lord, how boring it is! It was better when I was single,although we were poor,at least there was some freedom.
But now, this depression's enough to make you hang yourself. I am a merchant's wife,married to the eminent merchant. Zinoviy Borisovich Ismailov. The ant drags along its straw,the cow gives her milk,the farm- labourers pour out the flour,but I alonehave nothing to do,I alone am depressed,to me alone life is unkind,me, the merchant's wife. Enter Boris. BORISWill there be mushrooms today?
KATERINAYes, there will. BORISThere will? You know, I'm very fond of mushrooms,especially with buck wheat gruel. KATERINAWhether the sun's shining,or a storm is raging,it's all the same to me now. Oh! BORISWhat are you singing for, have you nothing else to do? KATERINAWhat can I do?
BORISWhy ever did we take the likes of youinto our house? I kept saying to my son,don't marry Katerina,but he wouldn't listen. Fine sort of wife: over four years marriedand still not produced a child!
KATERINAIt's not my fault, it's not my fault. BORISWhat! KATERINAIt's not my fault, it's not my fault. BORISWhose is it then? KATERINAZinoviy is incapableof getting a child into my womb. BORISSo that's it! It all depends on the womanwhat sort of wife a man gets.
Now if a fine womanhad loved himand embraced him,a child would soon have arrived. But you're as cold as a fish,you don't encourage his embraces,you don't encourage his embraces.
We've no heir to leave our fortune to,nor our renowned reputation as a merchant. You'd like to hook some youngsterand make off with him and jeer at your husband. No, don't try that on, the fence is high,the dogs are loose, the workers trustyand I'm always on the alert. Get the poison ready for the rats,they've eaten all the flour again. Exit. KATERINAYou're a rat yourself! You should have the poison! Prepares the rat poison.
Enter Zinoviy, Boris, a messenger and other servants, including Sergey. ZINOVIYto the mill- hand. Speak up! MILL- HANDThe dam at the mill has burstand there's an enormous breach. What shall we do now, eh!
ZINOVIYAs if we hadn't enough work already. I'll have to go myself. BORISGo, then! Without the master nothing'll get done.
People can't be relied on! SERVANTSHa, ha, ha!
BORISWhat are you sniggering about? Your master has to go awayand you don't show any signof grief or regret! LABOURERSWe do! Why are you leaving us, master,why? To whom? Without the master life will be dreary,dreary, dull and joyless,home without you is not like home; work without you is not like work. Not like work, not like work.
Pleasures without you are no real pleasures. Return as quickly as you can! Be quick! Zinoviy leads Sergey up to Boris.
ZINOVIYLook, father: here's the new labourer I hired today. BORISAll right. Where did you work before? SERGEYAt the Kalganov's.
BORISWhy did they throw you out? Enter a labourer. COACHMANThe horses are ready. Boris breaks off his conversation with Sergey. BORISWell, it can't be helped. Say goodbye to your wife.
ZINOVIYtakes leave of his wife. Goodbye, Katerina. Tell her to remain my obedient wife. BORISSwear an oath! An oath! Get an oath from herthat she'll remain faithful to you.
ZINOVIYWhatever for? I'm not going for long, after all.
BORISYou never know,do it just in case; young wives are all the same..! Come on! He's off on a long journey . They have put Aksinya in an open- ended butt and won't let her out. AKSINYAOh! Oh! Oh, you shameless creature, hey, don't pinch,oh, you're hurting!
Oh, you're hurting! Keep your hands off,you shameless brute, hands off!
You filthy brute, filthy brute,get your hands off! Get away, you brute! Oh! Oh! Swine, swine, swine, swine! Oh, you swine, oh, you swine! Oh! You're hurting, you're hurting.
SHABBY PEASANTJust like a nightingale! Come on, let's feel her, let's feel her,squeeze harder! Again! What boobs, oh what boobs,oh lovely, lovely, lovely boobs! Oh, how smooth they are!
Harder! Harder! Ha, ha, ha.. PORTERA sow is singing like a nightingale. Have a good feel all over! What a nose she's got, what a nose,big enough for seven! That's the sort of legyou could make into chops! Ha, ha, ha!. LABOURERSWhat a pretty voice, what a pretty voice.
What a pretty voice! What a pretty voice.. Ha, ha, ha.. What a pretty voice,what a pretty voice. What a pretty voice,ha, ha, ha.. What a pretty voice!
Ha, ha, ha.. STEWARDAha! She's plump, oh, she's plump,let's have another go! And another.. Ho, ho, ho! What luscious arms! What nice plump legs,what luscious arms,what nice plump legs!
Ha, ha, ha.. SERGEYLet me get hold of her arm,ho, ho, here's a nice smooth place,plump and smooth and warm! She's a fine piece of woman,as smooth as silk,oh lord, oh lord, how fine! But her face is all pimply. Ha, ha, ha!. PORTERLet's have a suck. SHABBY PEASANTWell? Stand still! AKSINYAOh! Oh! LABOURERSWhat a pretty voice!
SERGEYStop, woman! AKSINYAOh, he'll catch me! LABOURERSHa, ha, ha!. Squeeze her, squeeze her,squeeze her, squeeze her. SERGEYStop, woman, stop! Sergey squeezes it.
KATERINAYou're hurting, let go,it's my ring.. SERGEYYour wedding ring's digging into you. KATERINALet go, let go, let go! SERGEYJust hang on a bit longer. KATERINAYou're hurting, let go! Katerina pushes Sergey away and he falls. Sergey throws Katerina to the ground.
KATERINALet go, let go, let go! Oh, Seryozha, let go! Enter Boris. The day is over,time for bed, time for bed. I've no one to talk to,oh, how boring it is, how boring,just walls and doors with locks on them. Enter Boris. BORISKaterina! KATERINAYes? BORISTime for bed.
KATERINAIt's still quite early. BORISNonsense! What have you got to do? Your husband's not here,no need to waste the candle. KATERINAAll right, I'll go to bed. Exit Boris. Katerina undresses. The foal runs after the filly,the tom.
A knock is heard at the door. Who's there? Who's that knocking? SERGEYoutside the door.
Please don't be afraid. It's me. KATERINAWho? SERGEYSergey. KATERINASergey? What is it? What do you want here at night? SERGEYJust a small matter, open the door!
KATERINAWhat small matter? Enter Sergey. KATERINAWell, what is it? SERGEYI've come to ask if I can borrow a book . Boris seizes him by the collar. BORISStop! Hey! SERGEYDon't shout like that! BORISI'll shout if I want,I'm the boss around here!
Come here, everybody! I've caught a thief! The labourers run in half- dressed. SERGEYWell, what do you want of me now?
BORISI want to give you five hundred lashes. SERVANTS and LABOURERSLord have mercy! BORISto the porter. Give me the whip! Come on, look lively! Take his shirt off!
The porter runs off for the whip. Katerina! Katerina appears at the window. KATERINAWhat's all this?
I'm asleep! BORISto Katerina. Asleep? Asleep? No so long agoyou came to the windowand counted the stars as you waited for dawn. Look, Katerina, I've caught a thief,now I'm going to thrash him.
Come on! Boris flogs Sergey. Look, Katerina,what an entertaining sight: I've drawn blood,I've drawn blood,right, let's give him some more,just to entertain ourselves, to entertain ourselves. KATERINALet him go, I tell you,let him go! BORISYou, ve got plenty of blood, my friend,no wonder you're so lecherous. KATERINAOpen the door! Open the door! It's locked!
Open up, open up! BORISWe'll get rid of some of that blood for you,you'll soon feel less energetic, you scoundrel, you villain! Why don't you cry out, blast you,trying to show off in front of a woman? I'll get a scream out of you! Take that, and that, and that!
Again, again, again, again! KATERINAAll you people there! Help me, someone! Oh! The servants seize her and hold her. You brute! I won't let you! Let go .. You won't speak? Just yell, then I'll stop!
Now! Now! stops flogging. I'm tired out. Are you deaf? KATERINAThere are some mushrooms left. BORISJust the thing! Bring me some mushrooms. Exit Katerina. PORTERSergey's been locked in the store.
Katerina returns. KATERINAaside. I've put in some poison. The old man'll snuff itfrom rat poison! Boris eats the mushrooms. BORISThey're delicious mushrooms,you're really an expert, Katerina,at preparing mushrooms. Go along and get dressed,you're wandering around the yardalmost naked.
Go on.. No, stop! My inside's on fire.. Bring some .. What did you say? How dare you.. KATERINAI do dare! It's so painful.. So painful.. Their voices get nearer and nearer.
LABOURERSSee, the dawn is breaking,see, the dawn is breaking. Hey! The sky is getting lighter,the sky is getting lighter. Hey! Mustn't waste time like this,hey, to work, and quickly, fellows. Hey! The barns await us, that's for sure. The barns await us, that's for sure. Hey! And the flour that feeds us waits,and the flour that feeds us waits. Hey! Our master's fierce and crueljust like a crocodile.
Hey! Enter labourers. BORISOne of you runand fetch the priest.. I'm in a bad way. FIRST FOREMANIn a moment.. Katerina and Sergey are lying in bed.
Sergey is asleep. KATERINASergey, Seryozha! He's still asleep. SERGEYwaking up. What?