Wednesday 04 April 2018
7:15pm
Opera in four acts

My Memo loyalty cardholders will receive DOUBLE points on this event – time to start building those points up!

Verdi’s opera on Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

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.

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.

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’.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Tickets: Full £16.00 / Concession £14.00 / U16s £11.00

Music: GIUSEPPE VERDI / Director: PHYLLIDA LLOYD / Conductor: ANTONIO PAPPANO

Macbeth: Željko Lučić / Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko / Banquo: Ildebrando D’arcangelo

Two tickets for £10 – Student Offer for Royal Opera House Cinema Season 2017/18

Two standard tickets are yours for only £10 when you turn up in person at the Memo Arts Centre on the day of a ROH live screening.

On the day of our Live ROH Cinema Screening – all you need to do is this:

  • Check we still have some tickets left (the £10 Cinema Student Standby is subject to availability)
  • Grab a friend (they don’t need to be a student)
  • Grab £10
  • Turn up in person
  • Show your valid Student ID and buy two cinema tickets for £10

The small print: Two standard price tickets to an ROH live (not recorded or encore) broadcast may be purchased for £10 by a student with a valid Student ID card, on the day of the live screening. Tickets must be purchased in person – online and telephone bookings not permitted. Tickets are subject to availability and cannot be transferred to any other screening. This offer is not valid in combination with any other offer, and is not valid for repeat or encore screenings.

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