Why Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was too scary for Stalin | Music | The Guardian

Listened to whilst reading the novella by Leskov…

With its passionate heroine, sexy plot and lovely music, Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was a huge hit. Then the Party saw it – and silenced it. By Tim Ashley. Read on www.theguardian.com/music/2004/mar/26/classicalmusicandopera.russia