GP at The Met: Macbeth

Ken Howard/The Metropolitan Opera

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Librettists: Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei

Production: Adrian Noble

Conductor: James Levine

Performers: Željko Lucic (Macbeth), Maria Guleghina (Lady Macbeth), Dimitri Pittas (Macduff), John Relyea (Banquo)

Director Adrian Noble calls Macbeth “the greatest story Verdi ever told.” It’s the first of three works by Shakespeare that the composer set to music, the others being the beloved Falstaff and the towering Otello. Noble’s powerful new production of this gripping work is conducted by James Levine, and the ferocious couple in murderous pursuit of power is portrayed by baritone Željko Lucic in the title role and soprano Maria Guleghina as his ruthless wife.

Opera synopsis courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Funding for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: “Macbeth” has been provided by Toll Brothers, the Irene Diamond Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

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  • Louise Remmey

    Here is a question along with a comment: Why is there no voice-over or printed identification of the singers and other artists as they take their curtain calls? Artists are always identified with the Met’s radio broadcasts but never with the simulcast or TV productions. The vertical credits run so fast that it is impossible to read them and learn who the artists are. Is there a union or other problem? This style misses a great opportunity to let people learn about opera artists.

  • Jonatan

    Hallo Elizabeth I’m still here Oxford at present. the ROH ecxerienpe was a very special part of this 3 week trip. visiting museums and galleries and generally catching up with relatives and some of my cultural history which i miss very much. so have been cramming in all the usual places of intense interest in London and elsewhere. Been to the Science Museum in Oxford this afternoon and gradually making my way via bus and coach back south. My seat at Macbeth was amazing as due to my obsessive netsurfing i got a ticket at halfprice so my view was truly excellent. Simon was just wonderful, full of subtleties and revelations. the film was also great. count myself extremely fortuate to have ecxerienped both and if i can stay awake will see it again 2nd July, i think is the date in Adelaide. and back to my collection of Simon’s DVD’s and CD’s. the iPod is great too!

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