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Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus

Music - Guiseppe Verdi
Musical Direction - Antonio Pappano
Concert Master - Sergey Levitin

Tragedy - William Shakespeare
Libretto - Francesco Maria Piave
Director - Phyllida Lloyd
Designer - Anthony Ward
Lighting - Paule Constable
Choreography - Michael Keegan-Dolan

Cast
Macbeth - Željko Lučić
Lady Macbeth - Anna Netrebko
Banquo - Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Macduff - Yusif Eyvazov
Lady-in-waiting - Francesca Chiejina
Malcolm - Konu Kim
Doctor - Simon Shibambu

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