Rape and Resistance in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Understanding Dmitri Shostakovich’s Katarina Lvovna as a Viable and Complex Character

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Sound Recordings

Shostakovich, Dimitri. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. With Eva-Maria Westbroek, Christophe Ventris, and Vladimir Vaneev. East Sussex: Opus Arte, 2006. DVD.
———. Lady Macbeth of Mstensk. With Galina Vishnevskaya, Nicolai Gedda, and Dimiter Petkov. England: EMI Classics, 2002. Compact Disc.