Which opera is this?

Which opera is this?


norman lebrecht

September 05, 2014

lady macbeth

Meistersinger? No.

Peter Grumps? Also not.

I give in.

It’s Norwegian Opera’s new production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which opened last night in Oslo.

Critic Erling E Gulbrandsen calls it: ‘An An extreme scene of devastating sex on top of a huge heap of slimy cod.’



  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    That scene’s in the opera, fish ‘n’ all, if you will…Nice to see the Salvation Army getting involved, too.

  • newyorker says:

    Thanks, as ever, for no link nor review.

  • newyorker says:

    i googled it.. apparently they mean LITERALLY on a heap of slimy cod. Ewww.

  • Neil McGowan says:

    A link to the production’s page on the official website of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet:


    There are also two video clips (one longer, one shorter) of the production. The opera is directed by the distinguished Norwegian theatre and film director, Ole Anders Tandberg.

  • susanna stefan caetani says:

    Here the trailer of Lady Macbeth of Mzensk at Den Norske Opera in Oslo.
    Enjoy it!

    Susanna Stefani Caetani