19 Jan 2020

VERDI: Macbeth

From Opera on Sunday, 6:00 pm on 19 January 2020

Soprano Anna Netrebko created a sensation when she made her Met role debut as Lady Macbeth in 2014, opposite baritone Željko Lučić in the title role. Now, the two stars reunite to reprise their acclaimed portrayals in Verdi’s gripping Shakespeare adaptation. Marco Armiliato conducts a standout cast that also features tenor Matthew Polenzani as Macduff and bass Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo, in Adrian Noble’s evocative production.

A scene from Macbeth at the Met

A scene from Macbeth at the Met Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Metropolitan Opera Season

Sunday 19 January 2020 at 6pm on RNZ Concert

VERDI: Macbeth


Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), Željko Lucic (Macbeth), Matthew Polenzani (Macduff), Ildar Abdrazakov (Banquo), Giuseppe Filianoti (Malcolm), Sarah Cambidge (Lady-in-Waiting), Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Marco Armiliato 

Recorded in the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

 Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth

Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Verdi’s opera is a powerful musical interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless drama of ambition and its personal cost. Raising questions of fate, superstition, guilt, and power, it marks an important step on the composer’s path from his more conventional earlier efforts to the integrated musical dramas of his mature years.

Željko Lučić in the title role of Verdi's Macbeth

Željko Lučić in the title role of Verdi's Macbeth Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

This production of 'Macbeth' places the action of the opera in a non-specific, post-World War II Scotland.

Matthew Polenzani as Macduff

Matthew Polenzani as Macduff Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

The score of 'Macbeth' features little of the melodic abundance that made Verdi famous. In fact, the composer went out of his way to avoid making this score too pretty, insisting that the drama was not served by lyricism. Lady Macbeth, as the true protagonist of the story, has the most commanding of the great solos, and her famous sleepwalking scene in Act IV is a study of guilt unlike any other.

Synopsis of Macbeth

Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo

Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

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