7 Oct 2018

VERDI: Macbeth

From Opera on Sunday, 6:00 pm on 7 October 2018

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.

A scene from Macbeth at Royal Opera House Covent Garden

A scene from Macbeth at Royal Opera House Covent Garden Photo: Bill Cooper, ROH

Sunday 7 October at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

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’.

A scene from Macbeth at Royal Opera House Covent Garden

A scene from Macbeth at Royal Opera House Covent Garden Photo: Bill Cooper, ROH

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.

Cast:

Macbeth....................... Željko Lucic

Lady Macbeth............. Anna Netrebko

Banco........................... Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

Duncan........................ John O’Toole

Malcolm...................... Konu Kim

Macduff....................... Yusif Eyvazov

Chorus & Orchestra of Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano

Recorded Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London (BBC/WFMT)

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