Macbeth

Music Giuseppe Verdi Text Francesco Maria Piave & Andrea Maffei
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19. January 2022
Wednesday
19.00 - 22.00
1 intermission
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22. January 2022
Saturday
19.00 - 22.00
1 intermission
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25. January 2022
Tuesday
19.00 - 22.00
1 intermission
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Cast 17.06.2021

Musical Direction Philippe Jordan
Production Barrie Kosky
Szenische Einstudierung Sylvie Döring
Bühne und Licht Klaus Grünberg
Costume Design Klaus Bruns
Dramaturge Claus Spahn

Details

First Act

Introduction
The witches tell what they are up to.

Macbeth and Banco, the king’s generals, come from a battle. The women salute Macbeth, the Lord of Glamis, prophetically as Lord of Cawdor and then as King of Scotland. Banco also wants to know his future. He is to become the father of kings. Soldiers announce the appointment of Macbeth as Lord of Cawdor. Macbeth shudders at the thought of the violence with which he could carry out the second prophecy. Banco sees through his temptation.

Chorus
The witches expect Macbeth to visit them again soon.

A letter from her husband tells Lady Macbeth about the encounter with the witches. She knows his ambition, but doubts his willingness to use violence.

Cavatina
She is determined to get rid of his inhibitions. A servant announces the imminent arrival of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth puts all of her hopes on the night the King will next spend under her roof. Before the arrival of the king and his retinue, Macbeth and the Lady find time to exchange plans.

March
Grand Scene
Macbeth visions a bloody dagger leading him to the king’s bedroom. At the agreed signal, he infiltrates the King’s chamber.

Duet
After the murder, the completely distraught Macbeth refused to enter the room again to slip the murder weapon onto the sleeping guards. Lady Macbeth does it. There is a knock at the gate. Lady Macbeth takes her husband away with her. Macduff and Banco discover the murdered victim and sound the alarm.

Finale I
All rush in cursing the murderer and appealing for God’s swift judgment.
 

Second Act

Duncan’s son Malcolm has fled to England. He is considered to be his father’s murderer. Macbeth is king. To prevent the prophecy that Banco will become the father of kings, he decides to kill Banco and his son Fleance.

Aria
Lady Macbeth is intoxicated by her power over life and death.

Chorus
Murderers hired by Macbeth ambush Banco and his son.

Grand Scene
Banco, who despite his suspicions accepted Macbeth’s invitation, is murdered. Fleance escapes.

Finale II
The new royal couple are hosting a party. Lady Macbeth sings a drinking song. One of the murderers reports Banco’s death and Fleance’s escape to Macbeth. When Macbeth tries to sit on a vacant chair, Banco’s ghost sits on him. Lady Macbeth and the guests do not see him. The ghost disappears. Macbeth has the drinking song repeated. Banco’s ghost reappears. A distraught Macbeth decides to revisit the witches. The lady admonishes his fear of ghosts. The festive guests observe their ruler’s breakdown. Macduff, a Scottish nobleman, plans to leave the country.

Third Act

Introduction
The witches are at work.

Grand Scene
Macbeth wants to know his fate. The witches summon the spirits. They prophesy: Macbeth should beware Macduff; no one born to a woman can wound Macbeth; until the forest of Birnam moves against him, Macbeth is invincible. He then wants to know whether Banco’s gender will rule. Eight kings appear, a mirror is carried by the last one: Banco. Laughing, he shows the long line of his crowned offspring. Macbeth passes out.

Duet
Lady Macbeth receives a report of the apparitions. Macbeth and his wife will destroy Macduff and Banco’s families.

Fourth Act

Chorus
A refugee camp on the border between Scotland and England. Large parts of the Scottish population are fleeing from the tyranny of Macbeth.

Aria
Macduff thinks of his wife and children that he left in Scotland. Macbeth has murdered her. Macduff wants to take God’s vengeance. Malcolm is on his way to Scotland with an English force. In the forest of Birnam, he orders the soldiers to camouflage themselves with branches. The refugees follow the army.

Grand Scene
A doctor and a chambermaid watch the sleepwalking Lady Macbeth. Repeatedly she tries to remove an imagined blood stain on her hand.

Aria
Macbeth senses death is at hand. He is without hope. The maid reports the death of the queen. Soldiers announce the approach of Birnam Forest. Macbeth calls for victory or death.

Battle
Macduff, who was once cut from his mother’s womb, kills Macbeth.

Macbeth’s End
Macbeth is defeated »cursed by God and men«.

Victory Anthem
Malcolm is proclaimed King of Scotland.

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