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Verdi Macbeth

From 07 December TO 22 December 2021
Teatro alla Scala - Milano
Program

Verdi : Macbeth 2 h 29

Cast
  • Conductor
    Riccardo Chailly
  • Director
    Davide Livermore
  • Performers
    Macbeth: Luca Salsi
    Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko
    Banco: Ildar Abdrazakov
    Macduff: Francesco Meli
    Malcolm: Iván Ayón Rivas
    Medico: Andrea Pellegrini
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  • Synopsis

Teatro alla Scala - Milano Location Via Filodrammatici, 2 - 20121 Milano Italie

  • Venue's Capacity: 2000

After fire destroyed the Royal Ducal Theatre, Milanese aristocrates took no more than twelve days to design a new theatre and send their plans to the Empress Maria Theresa. Two years later, in 1778, the new opera house was inaugurated, on the site of the Santa Maria alia Scala Church. The Teatro alia Scala wasted no time in becoming one of the best: all of Europe came to admire the flamboyant costumes, the impressive chorus, and the singers, famous for their dramatic finesse. The audience was a show in itself: people visited in their respective boxes, exchanged the latest news, dined, and played cards... A tradition that is now lost to the ages, while the Scala's public nonetheless still knows how to make itself heard if it completely disagrees with a trill, or when it enthusiastically applauds a prima donna.

During the nineteenth century, competition from the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, which then attracted the peninsula's best voices, obliged the Milanese opera house to undergo renovation, which it did with panache! Rossini's, Bellini's, and Verdi's names were henceforth linked to that of the illustrious house, and the history of Italian music was written within its walls. Works such as NORMA, NABUCCO, II TURCO IN ITALIA, and FALSTAFF were premiered here, while singers such as Isabella Colbran and Maria Malibran triumphed on its stage.

The end of Verdi's reign ushered in the beginning of Toscanini's. Despite his famous temper tantrums, the Italian conductor formed an orchestra and a permanent company which imposed new standards of quality the world over. Those were the days that one could sing at the MET only under the condition of having been previously consecrated on the Scala's stage...

The Scala was destroyed in 1943. Rapidly reconstructed along the original plans, the house has never lost its soul, thanks to artists such as Giulini, Kaum war die Herrschaft Verdis zuende, Callas, Karajan, and Tebaldi, who all once trembled at the idea of appearing in the light shed over the stage by the hall's huge Murano crystal chandelier.

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Synopsis

Macbeth

MACBETH, ONE OF SHAKESPEARE'S MOST ENDURING WORKS IS GIVEN NEW LIFE AS AN OPERA.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera is in four acts and includes a Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Completed in 1847, the opera was the first play Verdi adapted for the stage and remains one of the composers most popular and frequently performed works. The piece is one of Verdi's most prized works and is a testament to his ability to create formally interesting and extraordinary operatic work.

HISTORY

Taking place in 11th century Scotland, the piece centres around Macbeth's attempt to be crowned King of Scotland. Ostensible a tragedy that concerns itself with guilt, fear and power, it is one of Shakespeare's most brilliantly executed and recognisable works.



Act 1

Three witches gather beside a battlefield to exchange stories of evil. The victorious generals Banco and Macbeth enter and the latters ascendancy to the throne is foretold by the witches.
After hearing the news, his wife resolves to propel her husband to the throne by any means necessary. She urges the killing of the king at the first opportunity and then incriminates his sleeping guards.

Act 2

The operas eponymous villain is now King but remains troubled by his actions and wracked with guilt. He slaughters his former friend, Banco, the rightful heir to the throne and is soon plagued by further visions of his ghost. The ghost of Banco appears at a banquet terrifying the new king. His former confidant Macduff leaves the country convinced it is a nation ruled by a cursed hand, whilst the other banquet guests make an abrupt exit, scared by their hosts maniacal ravings.

Act 3

The three witches gather again, this time in a cave and conjure three images for the king. The first tells him to be aware of Macduff, the second that he cannot be harmed by a man born of a women and the third says he cannot be conquered until Birnam Wood marches on him. He informs his wife of the prophecies and they decide to track down and kill both Macduff and Banco's son.

Act 4

Marching from Birnam Wood and backed by English forces, Macduff and Malcolm, the son of King Duncan vow to avenge the deaths of Banco and the king and overthrow the tyrannical King.
Prior to the battle, his wife and co-conspirator dies, news Macbeth receives with indifference. A battle ensues and in the final conflict the king in Slain by Macduff before Duncan is hailed as the new King of Scotland.


MAIN ROLES

Macbeth - Baritone
His Wife - Soprano
Banco - Bass
Macduff - Tenor
Lady-In-Waiting - Mezzo Soprano
Malcolm - Tenor
Doctor - Bass
Servant - Bass
Herald - Bass
Assassin - Bass
Three Apparitions - 2 Sopranos and 1 Bass
Duncan - Silent
Fleance - Silent

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