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Verdi Macbeth

From 18 November TO 27 November 2022
Wiener Staatsoper - Wien
Program

Verdi : Macbeth 2 h 29

Cast
  • Conductor
    Giampaolo Bisanti
  • Director
    Barrie Kosky
  • Performers
    Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside
    Lady Macbeth: Anna Pirozzi
    Banco: Riccardo Fassi
    Macduff: Freddie De Tommaso
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Wiener Staatsoper - Wien Location Opernring 2 - 1010 Wien Autriche

  • Venue's Capacity: 1709

The Vienna State Opéra is much more than just a local institution; it is a vital part of the city's identity and a national landmark.

As of the 17th century, the Hapsburgs lavishly patronized the opéra. Family members Ferdinand III and Leopold I composed for the théâtre, while Charles VI tried his hand at conducting the orchestra, and the Empress Maria-Theresa often mingled with the corps de ballet.

During the 19th century, the Karntnerthor-Theater was demolished and the présent building was constructed on the famous " Ring ". It was here that Mahler, with the help of the set designer Alfred RoUer, imposed a new style of performance, based on audacious stagings and a very précise interprétation ofthe score, which demanded countless rehearsals.

After the fall of the Hapsburgs, Richard Strauss took over the reins of the newly baptized Vienna State Opéra. Curiously enough, only one of Strauss'operas, THE WOMAH WITHOUT A SHADOW, was premiered in Vienna. Clemens Krauss and Karl Bôhm were to follow in his footsteps. Under Bôhm's direction, the Opera created its own Company, which was to serve as a model for several générations. Even the bombs that destroyed the opéra house in 1945 could not prevent singer s such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac or Erich Kunz from becoming legendary.

One musn't think that the Viennese applaud only their homegrown stars. In 1955, when Maria Callas came to sing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in the reconstructed building with Karajan conducting, the public blocked traffic to pay tribute to the diva... in the street! Karajan succeeàed Karl Bôhm, and invited many international stars to corne sing on the Viennese stage. Works were henceforth sung in their language of origin, and coproductions with La Scala permitted the disco-very of voices such as that of Mirella Freni in LA BOHEME.

Ioan Holender has suceeded in deftly combining these international distributions with an ensemble System. He has scheduled many works never heard on the Viennese stage, which are now included in the Opera's répertoire, such as Verdi's JERUSALEM and Enesco's OEDIPE, furthering a policy instated under Claudio Abbado's brilliant direction. Whatever changes may now occur, the Opera will continue to stage at least 300 performances per season (an absolute world record ren-dered feasible thanks to the în-house technical crew, which hires no less than 250 people), and the public will continue to applaud the finest orchestra any amateur could wish for in the pit : the Vienna Philharmonie !

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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

Wiener Staatsoper © Michael Poehn

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