The main focus of tonight's show was Shostakovich's famously controversial Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, with Maria Ewing as Katerina Izmailova, Aage Haugland as Boris Izmailov, Philip Langridge as Zinovi Izmailov, Sergei Larin as Sergei, Kristine Ciesinsi as Aksinya, Heinz Zednik as the Shabby Peasant, Jean-Pierre Mazaloubaud as the Steward, Guillaume Petitot as the Porter, Jean-Claude Costa as the 1st Foreman, Jean Savignol as the 2nd Foreman, Jose Ochagavia as the 3rd Foreman, Grigory Gritziuk as the Millhand, Alan Woodrow as the Coachman, Romuald Tesarowicz as the Priest, Anatoly K
Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, with Siegfried Jerusalem as Tristan, Matti Salminen as King Marke, Waltraud Meier as Isolde, Falk Struckmann as Kurwenal, Johan Botha as Melot, Marjana Lipovsek as Brangaene, Peter Maus as the shepherd, Roman Trekel as the steersman, and Uwe Heilmann as the young sailor; with the Chor der Berliner Staatsoper, directed by Ernst Stoy.
The operas heard tonight were all written and composed in the 17th Century and based on Classical themes and stories from Roman Antiquity. Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" is modeled on the episode from Virgil's epic "the Aeneid", and Blow's "Venus and Adonis" is based on Ovid's "Metamorphoses," Book X. Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea" is based on the historical writings by Tacitus and others, which tells the story of Poppaea, mistress to Emperor Nero (Nerone), and her ascendance to the title of Empress of Rome.
The first half was programmed by Katie Salmon, second half by Zoe Harris