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Dmitri Shostakovich's opera, Lady Macbeth of Misenk, has suffered through more social changes than any other work in Russian music history. It brought Shostakovich unprecedented fame, and also brought about his downfall by the Soviet Government The story behind Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth, and the Soviet Government is one of power, as well as the evolution of a nation and how it affected the struggling individual. Here, the artist, his art, the government, and the people are all inextricably linked.
Dudeck-Wiseman, Bianca N., "Dmitri Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth, and the Soviet Government." (1998). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. Paper 23.