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The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich
The State Opera

Basic information


The State Opera


The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre (Ostrava)

Approximate running time

2 hours 50 minutes, 2 intermission 25 minutes


In Russian, subtitles in Czech, English

This seminal twentieth-century operatic masterpiece is a “tragedy-satire” of a wicked society desiring sexual dissipation. It is embodied by Katerina, a frustrated and oppressed housewife who resolves to kill people who might create difficulties for her.


  • 2021-2022


Musical preparation
Jakub Klecker
Concept and Stage direction
Jiří Nekvasil
Video projection
Otakar Mlčoch
Marek Svobodník
Assistant choreographer
Lenka Dřímalová
Motion cooperation
Jana Tomsová
Chorus master
Jurij Galatenko
Igor Jelínek


Shostakovich composed this progressive and dissonant work of brutal emotionality for instrumental solos, choirs and intermezzos. At first the opera was hugely successful, with 180 repeat performances; however, in the period of the Great Terror the composer was condemned in the anonymous article Muddle Instead of Music (1936) and the opera was not performed again until the 1960s.


Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre offers tickets for August –⁠ November 2021

Tickets for November on sale from August1st.

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Parking at the State opera

While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.

Buffets at the State Opera

No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!