Black, red, cream and gold are the colours that define Phyllida Lloyd’s Royal Opera House staging of Verdi’s robust, yet penetrating setting of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Manipulated by a whole coven of cunning, scarlet-turbanned witches, the characters often evoke figures in a splendid Gothic fresco. With Simon Keenlyside making his British debut, as an athletic, brooding Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as his Lady, both imperious and subtle, this performance, masterfully conducted by Antonio Pappano, goes far beyond mere sound and fury.
This production went out LIVE to cinema screens around the world.
‘…an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra
are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling.’
Macbeth Simon Keenlyside
Banquo Raymond Aceto
Lady Macbeth Liudmyla Monastryrska
Servant Nigel Cliffe
Malcolm Steven Ebel
Lady Elisabeth Meister
Macduff Dmitri Pittas
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Stage Director Phyllida Lloyd
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Recorded live at The Royal Opera House, 13 June, 2011
Interviews with Simon Keenlyside, Raymond Aceto
and Liudmyla Monastryrska
Rehearsing Macbeth with Antonio Pappano
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