Macbeth

Duration: 3 hours, incl. break
Intermissions: 1
Premiere: 07. Nov 2020
Running period: 07, 09, 11, 13/11

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THIS AUTUMN’S OPERATIC HIGHLIGHT IS MACBETH BY VERDI. THE KING OF SCOTLAND AND HIS VICIOUSLY AMBITIOUS WIFE, SET OUT ON A MURDEROUS JOURNEY TOWARDS AN INEVITABLE ABYSS.

Sold out: Due to seat restrictions related to Covid 19, the opera is sold out. However, the restrictions are eased Tuesday 22st September to allow 200 persons in the Grieg Hall. Tickets go on sale at 9AM.

Verdi loved Shakespeare and especially the terrifying story of Macbeth, King of Scotland, and his viciously ambitious wife. The result is an opera with music that brilliantly describes the play’s terrifying undertones – with its eerie witches, savage murders and violent emotions. Emanuele Muzio, Verdi’s assistant and his only student, wrote in a letter after the premiere in Florence in 1847: ” What sublime music! I tell you that there are things in it that make your hair stand on end!”

THE PLOT
The Scottish royal couple are alarmed by witches’ predictions of a new royal line. Together they make a bloody plan to secure their continuing place on the throne. Read the whole plot here: “What happens in Macbeth?”

The opera’s most famous arias include the vivid drinking aria (brindisi) when the newly crowned couple throw a party, and the chilling sleepwalker scene in the last act, where Verdi’s music softens as Lady Macbeth tries in vain to wash away the blackness of her conscience.

This new production by Bergen National Opera is directed by Shakespearean specialist Lenka Udovicki. Chief conductor Edward Gardner leads the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The title role is sung by baritone Lester Lynch, who has already been acclaimed for several major roles at Bergen National Opera, among them Jago in Otello, and the devilish Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. Alex Penda, known for her intense and lyrical soprano, sings Lady Macbeth.

– MR. LYNCH HAS A RAVISHING, ROLLING BARITONE WITH POWER TO SPARE, AND EXCELLENT HOOK-UP FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. OPERA TODAY

Giuseppe Verdi / Music
Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, based on William Shakespeare’s play / Libretto
Edward Gardner / Conductor
Lenka Udovicki / Director
Stasa Zurovac / Movement director
Cathrine Ahlsen / Costume design
Ivar Skjørestad / Light design
Håkon Matti Skrede / Chorus master

Roberto Frontali / Macbeth
Alex Penda / Lady Macbeth
Marco Spotti / Banco
Matteo Lippi / Macduff
John Olsen / Malcolm
Rita Therese Ziem / Lady-in-waiting

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor
Singers from Bergen Philharmonic Chorus

Premiere 7th November at 6PM
Also 9th, 11th and 13th November at 7PM

Opera in four acts, performed as a scenic concert
Sung in Italian, surtitles in Norwegian
Duration: Approx. 3 hours, including a 30-minute break

A new production by Bergen National Opera
Presented by Bergen National Opera and Musikkselskapet Harmonien

Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway