Staatsoper Berlin


In Cinemas 26, 27 & 28 Apr & 1 May 2019
Daniel Barenboim
Staatskapelle Berlin
Plácido Domingo (Macbeth), Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), Kwangchul Youn (Banquo), Fabio Sartori (Macduff), Florian Hoffmann (Malcolm)
Giuseppe Verdi
Harry Kupfer
Set Design
Hans Schavernoch
2h55 incl. interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, June 2018

New Production! Captured live during a sold-out run at Staatsoper in 2018, Harry Kupfer’s smash-hit staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s vivid take on Shakespeare’s classic features icons Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko (in a signature role), led by legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim.

After winning in battle, Commander Macbeth receives a prophesy that he will one day become King of Scotland. Influenced by the whisperings of his wife, he literally stops at nothing to fulfil the prophesy. But racked by guilt, the Macbeths soon sink into delusions and become victims of their own thirst for power...

In order to stay as faithful as possible to Shakespeare's play, Verdi's Macbeth (1847) shattered to operatic conventions of the time and created one of his darkest and most starkly disturbing works. Monumental choral scenes, echoing the rebellion and disillusionment of the dominated, oppressed and persecuted, demonstrate the social consequences of tyranny and despotism. These contrast with highly expressive arias and duets, in which Verdi transcends the emotional abysses of the power-obsessed protagonists. To express the many layered motifs and emotions of his characters as diversely as possible, Verdi demanded unprecedented levels of performance from his actors. He thus took a decisive step away from the ideal of the bel canto towards distinctive musical-dramatic veracity.

Staatsoper Berlin

Berlin’s Staatsoper (1742) on the historic Boulevard Unter den Linden was once the largest house in Europe. Destroyed thrice over the years, the 1955 post-WWII rebuild was recently renovated, reopening in 2017 as a modern, 1356-seat venue. Composers Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Strauss and Mayerbeer once conducted here.