How Do You Solve a Problem Like Katerina Izmailova?

“What struck me most, initially, was the overall harshness of the opera. There is a lot of sex, violence, coercion, derision, and passion, and none of it is portrayed coyly. Within the first act there are two sexual assaults, and in the second, Katerina Izmailova is the victim. I sat in my seat and squirmed, squinting through the darkness to discern if anyone else was as uncomfortable as I was…”