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26 September 2021 (Sun), 19:00 Brilliant Classical Stanislavsky Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1887, founded by Stanislavsky) - Opera Giuseppe Verdi "Macbeth"

Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes (till 21:55)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Giuseppe Verdi "Macbeth" 2022

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Light Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Costume Designer: Maria Danilova
Music Director: Felix Korobov
Conductor: Felix Korobov
Set Designer: Sergey Barkhin
Choreography: Tatiyana Baganova

Orchestra: Stanislavsky theatre symphony orchestra
Opera company: Stanislavsky opera

Performed in Italian

Premiere of this production: 20 June 2018

Music Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei

Music Director and Conductor Felix Korobov

Stage Director Kama Ginkas

Choreographer Tatiana Baganova

Set Designer Sergey Barkhin

Costume Designer Maria Danilova

Lighting Designer Damir Ismagilov

Principal Chorus Master Stanislav Lykov

World premiere: March 14, 1847

Teatro della Pergola, Florence


Premiere of the second edition: April 21, 1865

Théâtre Lyrique, Paris


Premiere at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko

Moscow Academic Music Theatre: June 20, 2018


"Macbeth" is the first of the three operas after Shakespeare written by Verdi. In the sanguinary subject the composer found everything that moved and inspired him: big politics, violent human passions and the encounter with phantastical forces of Evil.


Verdi was overwhelmed by the theatrical force of "Macbeth" and called the shakespearian play one of the greatest creations of mankind. Together with Francesco Piave he wrote the libretto and created a forward-looking work that synthetises drama and music. Verdi set down the complex emotional range of every character, subjecting singing to stage action – and as a result created one of the greatest musical tragedies.


While stage directors continue to transpose the action into contemporary settings, Kama Ginkas immerses us in prehistorical times. The space created by Sergey Barkhin evokes a Martian landscape; together with the director the set designer takes the action of a well-known opera outside the framework of familiar associations and allusions. By virtue of this their production abandons ordinary space for the macrocosm of human existence.




In a wood beside a battlefield Macbeth and Banco meet the witches. They hail Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, and king "hereafter." Banco is greeted as the progenitor of a line of future kings. Messengers from the king appear naming Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. The first of the witches' prophecies has been fulfilled.


Macbeth ponders how close he is to the throne. He kills old King Duncan, Lady Macbeth completes the crime.


Macbeth is now king, but he is still disturbed by the prophecy that Banco will found a great royal line.


The murderers attack Banco and stab him to death, but his son escapes.


At the banquet Macbeth sees the ghost of Banco. He raves at the ghost. The horrified guests believe he has gone mad.




Macbeth asks the witches again. The first spirit advises him to beware of Macduff. The second tells him that he cannot be harmed by a man 'born of woman'. The third that he cannot be conquered till Birnam Wood marches against him.


Macbeth and his wife resolve to kill Macduff and his family.


Macbeth’s antagonists commanded by Malcolm, the son of King Duncan, are preparing to the battle. Malcolm orders each soldier to cut a branch from a tree in Birnam Wood and carry it as they attack Macbeth.


Lady Macbeth walks in her sleep, wringing her hands and attempting to clean them of blood.


Macduff is determined to avenge the deaths of his wife and children at the hands of the tyrant. He tells Macbeth that he was not "born of woman" but "untimely ripped" from his mother's womb. He can kill Macbeth and do it.


People hail Malcolm as new King.

Schedule for Giuseppe Verdi "Macbeth" 2022

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