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Trapped in marriage to the impotent Zinovy, Katerina Ismailova embarks on an affair with an estate worker, Sergei, which triggers her slide into crime. Sung in Russian with English surtitles. Approx running time 3 hours 20 minutes.Performers John Tomlinson (Boris Ismailov), John Daszak (Zinovy Ismailov), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina Ismailova), Christopher Ventris (Sergey), Carole Wilson (Aksinya), Peter Bronder (Drunken Guest), Krzysztof Szumanski (Steward/Sentry), Andrew Sritheran (Second Workman/Coachman), Mizim Mikhailov (Priest), Roderick Earle (Police Inspector), Nikola Matisic (Teacher), Gwynne Howell (Old Convict), Christine Rice (Sonyetka), Marina Poplavskaya (Female Convict).
Music Shostakovich. Lyrics Alexander Preys. Lyrics Shostakovich (after Leskov). Producer Royal Opera House. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director Richard Jones. Design John Macfarlane. Costume Nicky Gillibrand. Lighting Mimi Jordan Sherin. Choreographer Linda Dobell.
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