Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, ENO

Photo: Clive Barda

This month I am involved in the opening production of ENO’s 2015-16 season, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Dimitri Tcherniakov’s updated conceit has Shostakovich’s modernist fairy-mare set in a health and safety-compliant warehouse. We in the chorus populate the space as worker ants, be it at the beck and call of the state or some private entrepreneur. Shostakovich’s conundrum is that disaster befalls the individual trying to follow their own impulse, whatever its moral equivalence. The company orchestra are on their greatest form to date with the new Musical Director Mark Wigglesworth. And I get to ride a fork lift truck.