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State OperaWilsonova 4, Prague, Central Bohemian Region, 110 00, Tschechien
Datum/Zeit in Prague Zeitzone
Samstag 25 März 202319:00
Freitag 31 März 202319:00
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)MacbethLibretto von Francesco Maria Piave
Prague National Theatre Opera
Martin ČičvákRegisseur
Hans HofferBühnenbild
Marija HavranKostüme
Prague State Opera Orchestra
Prague State Opera Chorus
Jitka SlavíkováDramaturgie
Ólafur SigurdarsonBaritonMacbeth
Marina PrudenskayaMezzosopranLady Macbeth
Miloš HorákBassbaritonBanquo
Martin ŠrejmaTenorMacduff
Václav SiberaTenorMalcolm
Ivo HrachovecBassArzt
Lucie HájkováSopranDame der Lady Macbeth
Libor NovákBassDiener Macbeths
Michael SkalickýBaritonDiener Macbeths
Tomáš BartůněkBassMörder, Herold
Andrey StyrkulBassMörder, Herold, Erste Erscheinung
Alexander LaptěvBassErste Erscheinung
Gabriela PešinováSopranZweite Erscheinung
Eliška MourečkováSopranZweite Erscheinung
Lubomira Popova AlabozovaMezzosopranDritte Erscheinung
Markéta FrýdováMezzosopranDritte Erscheinung
Prague State Opera
Tomáš KrivošíkChoreographie
Adolf MelicharChorleitung

Throughout his life, Giuseppe Verdi was an ardent admirer of William Shakespeare, the globally celebrated Elizabethan playwright. When in the summer of 1846 the Italian master sought the subject for his tenth opera, he ultimately opted for Macbeth. A supreme operatic dramatist, Verdi recognised how much potential the story of the corrupting force of power offered. In Macbeth, he started pursuing the path towards musical drama, in which singing reflects the characters’ psychology and inner emotions, with the dramatic content being far more important than bel canto.

For the Italian opera scene, Macbeth was a bold choice indeed. Lacking a love story, which was unprecedented for the genre, with the plot replete with violence, murder, military conflict, gruesome actions and supernatural elements, the big question was how the local audience would respond to the piece. Yet the first night, on 14 March 1847 in Florence, conducted by Verdi himself, was a resounding success. The new opera was soon staged to great acclaim all over Italy, as well as in a number of theatres in Europe, North and South America. In 1865, Verdi substantially revised it for the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris, which presented the new version, in French translation, on 21 April that year. The second Macbeth, however, was poorly received and did not fare well. Only in the 1960s did the opera enjoy a revival, and its revised version, in Italian, has ever since been a staple of the repertoire of theatres worldwide.

Surprisingly, it took a very long time before Verdi’s Macbeth was presented in Prague. It was first staged here on 30 November 1935 at the Neues deutsches Theater (today’s State Opera).

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