Katerina Ismailova is the neglected wife of a wealthy merchant. She falls for a worker at her homestead. In the name of love, she murders her husband and father-in-law. The lovers flee. Don’t set your hopes on a happy ending. This Greek National Opera production, based on a famous novel by Nikolai Leskov - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - and directed by French filmmaker Fanny Ardant, is an operatic treatise on the woman’s lot in provincial pre-revolutionary Russia. The deeply moving music of Dmitri Shostakovich lends a raw cruelty to proceedings, intended to denote centuries of pain and deprivation in Russia. A perfect culture trip for those who like to go rolling in the deep when it comes to their opera.