After winning in battle, Commander Macbeth receives a prophesy that he will one day become King of Scotland. Influenced by the whisperings of his wife, he literally stops at nothing to fulfil the prophesy. But racked by guilt, the Macbeths soon sink into delusions and become victims of their own thirst for power.
In order to stay as faithful as possible to the admired Shakespearean play, Giuseppe Verdi’s »Macbeth« shattered the operatic conventions of the time and created one of his darkest and most starkly disturbing works. Monumental choral scenes, echoing the rebellion and disillusionment of the dominated, oppressed and persecuted, demonstrate the social consequences of tyranny and despotism. These contrast with highly expressive arias and duets, in which Verdi transcends the emotional abysses of the power-obsessed protagonists. To express the many-layered motifs and emotions of his characters as diversely as possible, Verdi demanded unprecedented levels of performance from his actors: to enhance the dramatic effect, the vocal parts – instead of shining with virtuoso brilliance – are designed to emphasise aspects of language and acting and are mercilessly subjugated to the specific psychological state of the figures. He thus took a decisive step away from the ideal of the bel canto towards distinctive musical-dramatic veracity.

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  • Premiere
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Start of ticket sales on 7. October 2017 10 am.
In Italian language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

Tickets & Details

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Start of ticket sales on 7. October 2017 10 am.
In Italian language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

Tickets & Details

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Start of ticket sales on 7. October 2017 10 am.
In Italian language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

Tickets & Details

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Start of ticket sales on 7. October 2017 10 am.
In Italian language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast

Tickets & Details

  • For the last time this season
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Start of ticket sales on 7. October 2017 10 am.
In Italian language with German and English surtitles
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)

Cast