Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave with additions by Andrea Maffei, based on Shakespeare’s play
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Part of Festival O20
Shakespeare’s tale of ruthless desire set to some of Verdi’s most magnificent music is framed as a timeless political allegory. Scottish director Paul Curran describes it as “a dark journey into the dark recesses of the mind.” Consumed by the promise of political power and propelled by his ambitious wife, Macbeth gets caught in a murderous web to claim the Scottish throne. But the crown comes at a terrible price.
Opera royalty Sondra Radvanovsky makes her highly anticipated role debut in four performances (Sep 18, 20, 23 & 27) as Lady Macbeth, whose sleepwalking rants about her crimes—“Una macchia è qui tuttora”—lead to a chilling and bloody finale. Soprano Ewa Płonka makes her company debut as Lady Macbeth on Sep 25. Internationally renowned baritone Roberto Frontali, known for starring roles at the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, returns to the Opera Philadelphia stage as Macbeth.