For Verdi, Shakespeare’s Macbeth was ‘one of mankind’s greatest creations’. His version of the play is full of threat and ferocity, an intense exploration of ruthless ambition in a world governed by superstition and violence. Lady Macbeth dominates. We are proud to welcome Judith Howarth to this most challenging Verdian role, which he required to be vocally “rough, hollow and stifled”. Also central is the chorus, who are both observers and protagonists, given some of Verdi’s most thrilling choral writing.
Director Maxine Braham and designer Madeleine Boyd create a new production for The Grange, conductor Francesco Cilluffo continues his Grange residency following riveting performances of Falstaff and Manon Lescaut. We welcome back Jonathan Lemalu as Banquo, The Grange Festival 2017 Singing Competition winner Samuel Sakker as Macduff and Albanian star Gezim Myshketa as Macbeth. Verdi wrote Macbeth in 1847 for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. The theatre at The Grange is of similar proportions. To hear and watch Verdian operatic power up close and personal will be memorable.