A rumpled Eva Maria Westbroek as Lady Macbeth in Shostakovich’s Russian take.

The Met’s Vivid ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ Heralds Sweeping Changes for the Opera World

Not so very long ago as operatic history goes, the Met was what is known as a “grand opera” house, specializing in expensive, starry presentations of the bread-and-butter standards of the repertoire. Aïda, La Bohème and Carmen head the list of most-performed operas there, followed by equally familiar works by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Mozart and the usual suspects. Those “ABC” titles have fallen into a slump lately, though, with unusual titles coming to the fore.

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