Lady Macbeth features in The Guardian, The Times and The Arts Desk's 'Best of 2019' list
Birmingham Opera Company’s award-winning production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which ran for five sell out performances at Birmingham's Tower Ballroom last March, has been featured in the following 'Best of 2019' listings:
The Guardian's 'Best Classical Music of 2019'
"BOC and Graham Vick’s 50th production, the best yet: scorching, raw, terrific."
The Times, 'Classical and Opera events of 2019'
"Who would have imagined Shostakovich’s snarling, sardonic opera of adultery, murder and betrayal so entertainingly staged in a disused ballroom, with a cast including dozens of amateurs? The audience stood in the middle while all around Graham Vick’s production evoked a frenetic, sordid and venal society on the verge of imploding into chaos."
Lady Macbeth was selected for The Arts Desk’s feature, 'Best of 2019: Opera' "There's no question about my top opera choice for 2019, especially since the London houses rarely delivered at the same pitch of engagement. It's Graham Vick's walkabout Birmingham Opera Company spectacular, a production of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk that worked on every level. Literally, since a full City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alpesh Chauhan - doing superlative work in the absence of Mirga Gražinyté Tyla, on maternity leave - was on a raised platform and some of the action took place at other points around the disco-lit, dilipidated Tower Ballroom on the edge of Edgbaston Reservoir."