Opening of OPERA SA's Fourth Season
September 8 & 10, 2017
Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth
The story of Macbeth, described by Verdi, the composer, as “one of mankind’s greatest creations,” is a classic thriller of power, greed, and the destructive costs of tyrannical ambition. Set to Verdi’s gripping and ferocious music, Macbeth is a spellbinding opera with musical fireworks and stunning drama.
The victorious war general Macbeth listens to the prophesies of three witches, who say he will one day be king of Scotland. Macbeth and his wife are overcome by an uncontrollable desire for power, but the road to the throne is bathed in blood and leads only to insanity and death. Macbeth is Giuseppe Verdi’s tenth opera and his first to be inspired by William Shakespeare.
Macbeth is a study in how the lust for power corrodes human compassion and morals… and it does so with tension, drama, and absolute beauty.
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Conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Directed by Crystal Manich
Greer Grimsley as Macbeth
Nadja Michael as Lady Macbeth
Nathan Stark as Banco
Eric Barry as Macduff
Tynan Davis as Dama di Lady Macbeth
Matthew Arnold as Medico
Timothy Birt as Malcolm