Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Designer: Anthony Ward
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Macbeth: Željko Lučić
Part of The Royal Opera House live cinema season.
Verdi’s opera inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
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.
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’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
The performance lasts about 3 hours 20 minutes, including one interval.
Tickets: Adult £15, Student/Child £12, Family of four (2+2) £46