Katerina Ismailova

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Opera: Work details

Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
Music title: Katerina Ismailova, Op. 114
Librettist: Dmitry Shostakovich
Librettist: Alexander Preys
Title notes: Title also written as 'Katerina Izmaylova'
After: After the short story 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk' by Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov
Language: Russian
Notes: Soon after its premiere in 1936, Shostakovch's opera 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk' was condemned in 'Pravda' following Stalin's attendance at a performance. It disappeared from the repertory. It was officially returned to the Russian repertory in 1963, but in a revised version with the new title 'Katerina Ismailova'.
World premiere: 8 January 1963, Stanislavsky-Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, Moscow
ROH premiere: 2 December 1963, Covent Garden Opera Company
ROH company premiere: 2 December 1963, Covent Garden Opera Company, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Related work: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Katerina Ismailova (1963) Covent Garden Opera Company (2 performances online)