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