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Melodramma in four acts - second version (1865)

Composer Giuseppe Verdi · Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after William Shakespeare
With german and english surtitles

Wednesday, 04. May 2022
07:00 pm – 10:10 pm
Nationaltheater

Duration est. 3 hours 10 minutes · 1. + 2. Akt (est. 07:00 pm - 08:35 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:35 pm - 09:05 pm ) · 3. Akt (est. 09:05 pm - 10:15 pm )

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Premiere at 02. October 2008

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Cast

Conductor
Andrea Battistoni
Production
Martin Kušej
Set Design
Martin Zehetgruber
Costume Design
Werner Fritz
Lighting
Reinhard Traub
Choruses
Stellario Fagone
Dramaturgy
Sebastian Huber
Dramaturgy
Olaf A. Schmitt

Macbeth
Ludovic Tézier
Banco
Tareq Nazmi
Lady Macbeth
Ekaterina Semenchuk
Dama di Lady Macbeth
Mirjam Mesak
Macduff
Freddie De Tommaso
Malcolm
Armando Elizondo
Arzt
Martin Snell
Diener
Christian Rieger
Mörder
Christian Rieger
Erscheinung 1
Andrew Hamilton
Erscheinung 2
Jasmin Delfs
Erscheinung 3
Solist/en des Tölzer Knabenchors
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester

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In honeyed tones, Lord and Lady Macbeth reveal their passionate and bizarre emotions to us. But behind this beauty there lurks an abyss, which Verdi unveils with one of the cruelest dramas in the history of world literature. In their struggle to seize power and retain it once it has been usurped, Macbeth and his lady commit one murder after another. The unwavering nature of their desire imbues their love with a radicality that would have been unthinkable on the operatic stage before this work. “The subject matter of this opera is neither political nor religious: it is fantastic,” wrote Verdi and brought Shakespeare’s play closer to a more “romantic” reading. In actual fact, the witches, ghosts and apparitions, the eerie elements, which dominate the musical and dramatic flow, in short the whole world of this opera can be regarded as an outward image of its protagonists’ inner state.

 

Act 1
Macbeth and Banquo meet witches, who greet Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor and future king of Scotland. They prophesy to Banquo that he will be the father of kings. When messengers of King Duncan bring news of the Thane of Cawdor’s execution and announce that Macbeth has been chosen to succeed him, one of the prophecies has already come true.

In a letter from her husband Lady Macbeth learns of the witches’ predictions, and she urges him to stop at nothing, even murder, on his path to power. That same night Macbeth kills King Duncan, but shrinks from leaving the murder weapon beside the sleeping guards in order to incriminate them. Lady Macbeth thus carries out this part of the plan herself. At daybreak, the murder is discovered. Macbeth and his wife join in with the chorus of mourners.

Act 2
Macbeth is the new king. He is disturbed by the prophecy about Banquo’s heirs becoming kings and hires murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. That night, Banquo is seized by dark forebodings.

Macbeth and his wife organize a large feast, and the king announces a drinking song of the queen. Macbeth is informed of the murder of Banquo and Fleance’s escape, and shortly afterwards Banquo’s ghost appears to him. Macbeth’s apparent insanity causes a commotion among the guests at the feast. Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s bravery and calls him a weakling. Macduff senses the truth and leaves the feast in order to bring Malcolm, Duncan’s son who fled, back to Scotland.

Act 3
Macbeth again consults the witches, who are busy with a horrible “nameless work”. They therefore send apparitions to answer Macbeth’s questions. The first warns the king about Macduff. The second encourages his murderousness, saying that “no man of woman born” can harm him. The third apparition is a crowned child who predicts that Macbeth will remain invincible “until he sees Birnam Wood come towards him”. Finally Macbeth manages
to make out eight kings, the last of whom looks like Banquo. Macbeth faints, and is reawakened by dancing spirits of the air.

Lady Macbeth hears about the latest prophecies from her husband. The royal couple become increasingly murderous and decide to burn down Macduff’s castle and have Banquo’s son killed.

Act 4
Scottish refugees lament the suffering of their country, which has become a tomb for its children. Macduff mourns his wife and children, who have been murdered by Macbeth. Malcolm meets English soldiers in Birnam Wood, not far from Macbeth’s castle, and camouflages his army using branches and leaves from the wood.

The chambermaid and a doctor witness Lady -Macbeth walking in her sleep and talking about the crimes she has committed.

Macbeth is plucking up his courage for the coming battle, and news of his wife’s death does little to deter him. He is informed that Birnam Wood is moving towards his castle. In a fierce fight, Macduff kills Macbeth. Again the prophecy comes true, because Macduff was “from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d”. Malcolm is joyfully greeted as the new king of Scotland.

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Biographies

Andrea Battistoni, in Verona geboren, studierte Dirigieren u. a. bei Ennio Nicotra, Gabriele Ferro und Gianandrea Noseda. 2008 gab er sein Operndebüt mit dem Dirigat von La bohème am Theater Basel. Engagements führten ihn seither u. a. nach St. Petersburg, Valencia, Dresden, Berlin, Stockholm, Peking, Neapel, Venedig und Palermo. 2012 debütierte er am Teatro alla Scala in Mailand und war dort mit 24 Jahren der jüngste Dirigent in der Geschichte des Hauses. Das Teatro Carlo Felice in Genua ernannte ihn 2013 zum Ersten Gastdirigenten. 2015 wurde er zunächst der führende Gastdirigent des Philharmonieorchesters Tokio und 2016 dessen Chefdirigent. (Stand: 2017)

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