West Australian Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, coming to His Majesty’s Theatre on October 19, 22, 24 and 26. This world premiere production, jointly commissioned by West Australian Opera and the State Opera of South Australia, brings all the drama, tension and tragedy of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays to the opera stage.
Macbeth is one of the Bard’s great tragedies. With themes of loyalty and allegiance corrupted by greed and lust for power, leading to lies, betrayal, and murder, there’s little wonder this text inspired Verdi to compose one of his early masterpieces.
This new production by director Stuart Maunder sees him working alongside the internationally awarded designer Roger Kirk, who has both designed the set and created some phenomenal costumes which he describes as “a mix of modern and period, somewhere between Game of Thrones and Braveheart.”
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, James Clayton will star as the tragically driven Macbeth and Antoinette Halloran, fresh from her acclaimed performance in the role as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, will feature as the ruthless Lady Macbeth. Brad Cohen conducts the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Opera Chorus.
West Australian Opera stages Verdi’s Macbeth at His Majesty’s Theatre on October 19, 22, 24 and 26. Click here for tickets.