On This Day (January 26)…Shostakovich Faces the Sharpest of Critics

Dmitri Shostakovich received a surprise guest attending a performance of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on this day in 1936. The guest was none other than the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin. Retrieved from here. Stalin was, as well as a political leader, a … Continue reading On This Day (January 26)…Shostakovich Faces the Sharpest of Critics

On This Day (January 22)…Lady Macbeth comes to Russia

Dmitri Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk premiered on this day in 1934 at the Leningrad Maly Operny (also known as the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a1_6H9Y0CY The libretto of this piece was based on an 1865 tale by Nikolai Leskov about a provincial Russian woman, her misadventures into the world of violence and … Continue reading On This Day (January 22)…Lady Macbeth comes to Russia