Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth
Mon, 22 Jan 2018

Dmitry Shostakovich lived in the Soviet Union during a time when the state enforced socialist realism, a government-approved system demanding that artists create in a clearly-defined style that portrays an idealized lifestyle within their nation. Under this system, many artists felt restricted and unable to fully display their creativity.

During this time, Shostakovich wrote his opera, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk Districtthat premiered on January 22, 1934 in Leningrad and on January 24, 1934 in Moscow. 
                                                          
At first, the opera experienced great success with performances occurring internationally. Critics considered Lady Macbeth a major achievement, one only a Soviet composer could successfully produce. Two years following its premiere, however, Shostakovich’s success took a turn for the worse. Stalin attended a performance and controversy ensued. Read more about what followed when I post on Wednesday!


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