Staatsoper unter den Linden – MacBeth, Verdi

Friday January 25th, 3pm
Wednesday January 30th 7pm

Plácido Domingo is an admirable force of nature and again astounds with the power, trueness and freshness of his interpretation even at the ripe old age of 77. The same goes for conductor Daniel Barenboim, who directs the Berlin orchestra with the spirit of a young prodigy.

Victorious on the battlefield, General Macbeth receives a prophecy that he will one day be King of Scotland. Driven by his wife, he literally stops at nothing to achieve this. But, ravaged with guilt, the Macbeths swiftly slip into madness and become victims of their own thirst for power. To remain as faithful as possible to the ever-so-celebrated Shakespearian spirit, Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth breaks away from the opera model of the day, making it one of the composer’s darkest and most intensely troubling pieces. Monumental chorus scenes, representing the rebellion and disillusionment of the dominated, oppressed and persecuted class, illustrate the social consequences of tyranny and despotism. To accentuate the theatrical effect, the vocal parts, rather than resorting to dazzling virtuosity, are designed to underscore the aspects of dramatic language, and are relentlessly subjugated to the psychological state of the characters.

OPERA IN FOUR ACTS

 MUSIC
Giuseppe Verdi

LIBRETTO
Francesco Maria Piave

AFTER
William  Shakespeare

CONDUCTOR
Daniel Barenboim

DIRECTOR
Harry Kupfer

SET DESIGN
Hans Schavernoch

COSTUME DESIGN
Yan Tax

LIGHTING DESIGN
Olaf Freese

VIDEO
Thomas Reimer

CHOREOGRAPHY
Helga Schiele

SCENOGRAPHER
Detlef Giese

CAST
Plácido Domingo (Macbeth)
Kwangchul Youn (Banquo)
Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth)
Evelin Novak (Kammerfrau)
Fabio Sartori (Macduff)
Florian Hoffmann (Malcolm)
Dominic Barberi (Doctor)
Jan Martinik (Murderer, appearance)

DURATION
2 h 40 approx

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