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Verdi's Macbeth

Luca Ronconi (stage director), Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) — With Renato Bruson (Macbeth) and Mara Zampieri (Lady Macbeth) — Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1987

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Cast

Luca Ronconi — Stage director
Luciano Damiani — Set designer, costume designer
Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Marcus Creed — Chorus master
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Giuseppe Sinopoli — Music director
Goetz Rose — Duncan
David Griffith — Malcolm
Renato Bruson — Macbeth
Mara Zampieri — Lady Macbeth
James Morris — Banquo
Dennis O'Neill — Macduff

Program notes

Cupidity and madness at the heart of this solemn production of Macbeth by Luca Ronconi.

Scotland. 11th century. On their way back from a victory over the Norwegian army, Macbeth, King Duncan's cousin, and Banquo, Macbeth's friend, encounter a witches' assembly which foretells to Macbeth that he would soon accede to the throne. Under the influence of his wife, Macbeth premeditates thus to murder the King. However Lady Macbeth, observing that her husband wavers to give the fatal blow, grabs the dagger and commits herself the regicide. The couple caught up in a spiral of violence runs inevitably towards a fatal ending, a fatal ending brilliantly brought round by Verdi's score which dramatic tension never falls off.

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Directed by:
Brian Large
Venue: Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Production date: 1987
Duration: 2 h 29 min
Production: © RM Arts
Available subtitle(s): EN
Resolution: SD