Verdi’s Macbeth

MainStages Tour Spring 2024

Verdi’s Macbeth

MainStages Tour Spring 2024

One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays is also one of Verdi’s greatest operas. Experience a gripping tale of power, manipulation and tragic descent as Macbeth, a valiant general, succumbs to his wife’s persuasion, leading to a ruthless quest for the Scottish throne. Verdi’s magnificent score, with its sweeping melodies and intricate harmonies, propels the psychologically thrilling narrative, whilst Act 4 introduces a modern twist with the haunting chorus of refugees. Sung in English, accompanied by Ensemble Cymru and with a large cast, supplemented by community choruses, Mid Wales Opera presents its first-ever production of Verdi’s Macbeth as the culmination of its Shakespeare Season. 

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Reduced Orchestration: Jonathan Lyness

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
English Version: Jeremy Sams
Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Conductor: Jonathan Lyness
Orchestra: Ensemble Cymru
Director/Designer: Richard Studer
Lighting Designer: Elanor Higgins


Macbeth: Jean-Kristof Bouton
Lady Macbeth: Mari Wyn Williams
Macduff: Robyn Lyn Evans
Banquo: Emyr Wyn Jones
Lady-in-waiting: Rebecca Afonwy-Jones

Acts 1 and 2 70 mins
Acts 3 and 4 60 mins

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