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24 Jul 2006

Katerina Izmaylova

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,14936-2283455,00.html

Richard Morrison at the Coliseum [Times Online, 25 July 2006]

These days Katerina Izmaylova is a rarity. Western opera houses, at least, prefer Shostakovich’s opera about the repressed merchant’s wife who turns triple-murderer in its original 1932 version, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. That is regarded as being edgier and earthier, whereas the toned-down Katerina, produced 30 years later, is seen as a product of self-censorship on the part of a composer psychologically devastated by official attacks on his music.

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