The Royal Opera – Recorded in 2018
Global screening date: 25 November
Starring: Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Verdi’s opera inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.
Celebrate classic Royal Opera House productions this Autumn in cinemas across the globe
Today the Royal Opera House is excited to announce its Autumn Winter 2020 Cinema Season, broadcasting four opera and ballet favourites to cinemas across the globe in collaboration with event cinema distributor, Trafalgar Releasing.
The Season opens on 20 October with The Royal Ballet’s Giselle, a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and a love that transcends death. Recorded in 2016, this much-loved classical ballet stars Principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov. Looking ahead to 10 December, The Nutcracker, also recorded in 2016, makes a welcome return to cinema screens. Peter Wright’s spectacular production has been enchanting children and adults since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. This performance features Principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell.
In November, the Royal Opera’s much-loved productions – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Verdi’s Macbeth make a return to the big screen. Manon Lescaut premiered in 1893 and was Puccini’s first major triumph, this production by Jonathan Kent from 2014 is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Maltman and Kristine Opolais. Verdi’s Macbeth is inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy and is conducted by Antonio Pappano. The magnificent cast includes Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and was recorded in 2018.
The Royal Opera House global cinema season offers audiences the best seat in the house exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and close-ups of performers.
About the Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House wants to give everyone access to exceptional ballet and opera. As The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, we bring together the world’s most extraordinary artists in more than 500 performances every year on our two stages.
Across the 2018/19 Season we welcomed more than one million people through our doors as ticketholders, participants in our programme of free and ticketed daytime events, and as visitors to our bars, cafes, restaurants and shop. A further one million people enjoyed our work in cinemas, at free screenings and through streamed and televised performances up and down the UK. Our ongoing partnership with the BBC saw 11 of our productions broadcast across their platforms last Season.
During the 2018/19 Season our three flagship ROH learning programmes – Create and Sing, Create and Dance and Design and Make – supported teachers from 1,394 schools, 81% of which were outside London, bringing arts to children and young people the length and breadth of the country.