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A major new production of Verdi’s dark operatic thriller, given by the International Festival’s 2017 resident company Teatro Regio of Turin, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Emma Dante. The opera was the very first to be performed at the inaugural International Festival in 1947.
A coven of witches prophesies that Macbeth will be king. Blinded by ambition and driven on by his power-hungry wife, he commits bloody murder after bloody murder in his ruthless quest to grasp and keep the throne.
But even as monarch, Macbeth finds himself trapped in a swamp of intrigue, murder and betrayal as he attempts to protect his fragile grip on power.
Aflame with madness, witchcraft and tyranny, Verdi’s immensely powerful tenth opera is at once an exploration of the nature of evil, and a gripping account of the rise and downfall of a dictator. With Macbeth, Verdi did nothing less than change the course of opera history, abandoning the lyrical style of Rossini and Donizetti in favour of fiery drama, brooding emotion and ghostly colours.
This new landmark production is directed by the Italian actor, writer and director Emma Dante, acclaimed for previous productions in opera houses including La Scala, Milan. Teatro Regio Torino Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi’s ferociously original score.
With its searing emotional intensity and its diabolical themes, Verdi’s Macbeth guarantees you one of the darkest nights at the opera.
Verdi's Macbeth was the very first opera performed at the 1947 International Festival.
- Language:Performed in Italian with English supertitles
- Audio Described:20 Aug 5pm
- Running time:3hrs approx (one interval)
Sir Ewan and Lady Brown
through the Edinburgh International
Festival Commissioning Fund
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei based on the play by Shakespeare
Macbeth Dalibor Jenis*, Gabriele Viviani†
Lady Macbeth Anna Pirozzi*, Oksana Dyka†
Banco Marko Mimica
Macduff Piero Pretti
La dama di Lady Macbeth Alexandra Zabala
*18 Aug 7.15pm & 20 Aug 5pm
†19 Aug 7.15pm
Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
Claudio Fenoglio Chorus master
Emma Dante Director
Carmine Maringola Set designer
Vanessa Sannino Costume designer
Cristian Zucaro Lighting designer
Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino
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