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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) minutes


In Russian, surtitles 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.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


Stage director
Jiří Nekvasil
Video projection
Otakar Mlčoch
Marek Svobodník
Assistant choreographer
Lenka Dřímalová
Movement coach
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.

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Goods detail

Programme Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

A booklet for the production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

70 Kč

Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in JuneNovember 2024.

When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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 60 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!

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