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Royal Opera House Presents: Macbeth

OPERA IN FOUR ACTS
*THIS IS A PRERECORDED SCREENING OF THIS PERFORMANCE*

SHOWTIME:

Mon (4/30/18) 7:00pm

TICKETS:

  • Adult $14
  • Senior $12
  • Student $10
  • Members get 20% off and Free Popcorn!

VERDI’S OPERA ON SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDY IS CONDUCTED BY
ANTONIO PAPPANO, WITH A MAGNIFICENT CAST INCLUDING ANNA NETREBKO, ŽELJKO LUČIĆ AND ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:
3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING
ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN
WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Picture caption/credit: Chorus of Witches in Verdi’s Macbeth ©ROH/Clive Barda 2011

MUSIC GIUSEPPE VERDI
DIRECTOR PHYLLIDA LLOYD
CONDUCTOR ANTONIO PAPPANO


MACBETH ŽELJKO LUČIĆ
LADY MACBETH ANNA NETREBKO
BANQUO ILDEBRANDO D’ARCANGELO