An opera to mark Shakespeare year in a spectacular and surrealistic production
Scotland. Macbeth listens as the mysterious witches foretell that he will become king of Scotland. When his wife finds out, she persuades him to murder the present king and take his place. The witches' predictions drive Macbeth to treat both friends and rivals with brutality until, alone and furious, he faces the final battle and perishes.
Giuseppe Verdi venerated Shakespeare's plays and this was his first opera based on a text by the Bard. He wanted to achieve "something extraordinary", a phrase which sums up his his enthusiasm.
In this version, stage director Christof Loy chooses a classical, timeless setting and adds touches of surrealism. Black and white predominate and the drama is intense.
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. World premiere of the first version: 14/03/1847, Teatro della Pergola, Florence. Premiere of the second (French) version: 21/04/1865, Théâtre Lyrique, Paris. First staged in Barcelona: 01/07/1848, Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 05/04/2004. Total Liceu performances: 106.
- Director musical
- Giampaolo Maria Bisanti
- Stage director
- Christof Loy
- Jonas Dahlberg
- Ursula Renzenbrink
- Lighting designer
- Brend Purkrabek
- Grand Théâtre de Genève
|Macbeth||Ludovic Tézier||7th,10th,13th,16th,20th,23th October|
|Luca Salsi||8th,11th,14th,19th,22th October|
|Banquo||Vitalij Kowaljow||7th,10th,16th,20th,23th October|
|Alessandro Guerzoni||8th,11th,13th,14th,19th,22th October|
|Lady Macbeth||Martina Serafin||7th,10th,13th,16th,20th,23th October|
|Tatiana Serjan||8th,11th,14th,19th,22th October|
|Macduff||Saimir Pirgu||7th,10th,13th,16th,20th,23th October|
|Teodor Ilincai||8th,11th,14th,19th,22th October|
|Servant, herald and assassin||Marc Canturri|
*October 23rd Teodor Ilincai sings the role of Macduff replacing Saimir Pirgu due to an indisposition.
|7||Friday||20:00||Turn H||Fee 1|
|8||Saturday||20:00||Turn C||Fee 4|
|10||Monday||20:00||Turn A||Fee 4|
|11||Tuesday||20:00||Turn PA||Fee 6|
|13||Thursday||20:00||Turn B||Fee 2|
|14||Friday||20:00||Turn E||Fee 6|
|16||Sunday||17:00||Turn T||Fee 2|
|19||Wednesday||20:00||Turn PE||AD||Fee 6|
|20||Thursday||20:00||Turn D||Fee 3|
|22||Saturday||20:00||Turn PB||Fee 6|
|23||Sunday||18:00||Turn F||Fee 2|
First Act 50m
Second Act 30m
Third Act 25m
Fourth Act 38m
Total Running Time 3h 20m
Information of Interest
Verdi's Macbeth at the Liceu
Performances of Verdi's Macbet in the history of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (in Spanish)
Amics del Liceu
Tuesday October 4th, 7.30pm
Chorus Rehearsal Room
by Miquel Peralta, professor at the Conservatori Victòria dels Àngels in Sant Cugat.
Catalunya Música October 13th, 8pm (live)
Live in cinemas in Spain and around the world, October 20th, 8pm (CET)