From the House of the Dead

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When Leos Janacek's final opera, From the House of the Dead, was given its Metropolitan Opera premiere in November, it became one of the most talked-about productions of the 2009-10 season.

Based on Dostoyevsky's novel of the same name, Dead is set among the inmates of a Siberian prison camp. During the single 100-minute act, the prisoners work, fight, play and perform comic skits. Some of them talk about the crimes that landed them in the prison. The production features the long overdue company debuts of director Patrice Chereau and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and stars bass-baritone Willard White, baritone Peter Mattei and tenor Stefan Margita.

The Cast

Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Filka Morozov: Stefan Margita

Skuratov: Kurt Streit

Shapkin: Peter Hoare

Shishkov: Peter Mattei

Gorianchikov: Willard White

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