Something wicked this way comes: Verdi’s Macbeth

Shakespeare buffs, get ready to see the tragedy of Macbeth revisited as a powerful, gripping opera.

Following the smashing success of last year’s La Traviata, State Opera South Australia prepares to stage another bold work by Giuseppe Verdi at Her Majesty’s Theatre this September, a co-production with West Australian Opera directed by Stuart Maunder. Verdi’s signature majestic arias, hair-raising duets and chilling ensembles perfectly highlight this portrait of one of the world’s most famous power hungry couples.

The story of Macbeth’s ardent, consuming ambition to sit on the throne of Scotland has haunted audiences through the ages, exploring the spiralling, murderous path leading him and his wife to commit unspeakable actions in the name of power.

Mysterious witches and eerie prophecies, epic battles and fierce sword fights: the grand scale of this visually stunning production, hinting at Braveheart and Game of Thrones, will have your spine tingling as it delves into the darkest corners of the human heart.

Argentinian-Australian baritone Jos Carbo is thrilled to reprise the role of Macbeth for which he was recently defined by critics as “simply magnificent”.

“It’s a truly harrowing story, but with some extremely relatable elements that will speak to the audience,” he said. “I’m looking forward to bringing Macbeth to lifein Adelaide. And in this 1847 version of the opera, I get to sing a stark dying aria… as all good opera singers do!”

Starring as the blood thirsty Lady Macbeth is Adelaide born Kate Ladner who returns home from France to take on a role for which she has won critical acclaim. The two are joined on stage by an ensemble of some of Australia’s most exciting performers, and a chorus of 40 accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra led by Finnegan Downie Dear in the pit.

Macbeth premiered in Perth with a string of rave reviews and is set to hit Adelaide for a four show season (including a matinee performance) from 7-16 September.

Photo credit: James Rogers

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