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Giuseppe Verdi / Teatro Regio Torino / Gianandrea Noseda / Emma Dante
18 - 20 August 2017
Festival Theatre

A major new production of Verdi’s dark operatic thriller, given by the International Festival’s 2017 resident company Teatro Regio of Turin, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Emma Dante. The opera was the very first to be performed at the inaugural International Festival in 1947.

A coven of witches prophesies that Macbeth will be king. Blinded by ambition and driven on by his power-hungry wife, he commits bloody murder after bloody murder in his ruthless quest to grasp and keep the throne.

But even as monarch, Macbeth finds himself trapped in a swamp of intrigue, murder and betrayal as he attempts to protect his fragile grip on power.

Aflame with madness, witchcraft and tyranny, Verdi’s immensely powerful tenth opera is at once an exploration of the nature of evil, and a gripping account of the rise and downfall of a dictator. With Macbeth, Verdi did nothing less than change the course of opera history, abandoning the lyrical style of Rossini and Donizetti in favour of fiery drama, brooding emotion and ghostly colours.

This new landmark production is directed by the Italian actor, writer and director Emma Dante, acclaimed for previous productions in opera houses including La Scala, Milan. Teatro Regio Torino Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi’s ferociously original score.

With its searing emotional intensity and its diabolical themes, Verdi’s Macbeth guarantees you one of the darkest nights at the opera.

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70th Anniversary

Verdi's Macbeth was the very first opera performed at the 1947 International Festival.

  • Language: 
    Performed in Italian with English supertitles
  • Audio Described:
    20 Aug 5pm
  • Running time: 
    3hrs approx (one interval)


Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,

Funded by

Sir Ewan and Lady Brown
through the Edinburgh International
Festival Commissioning Fund


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    Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei based on the play by Shakespeare

    Macbeth Dalibor Jenis*, Gabriele Viviani†
    Lady Macbeth Anna Pirozzi*, Oksana Dyka†
    Banco Marko Mimica
    Macduff Piero Pretti
    La dama di Lady Macbeth Alexandra Zabala

    *18 Aug 7.15pm & 20 Aug 5pm
    †19 Aug 7.15pm

    Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
    Claudio Fenoglio Chorus master
    Emma Dante Director
    Carmine Maringola Set designer
    Vanessa Sannino Costume designer
    Cristian Zucaro Lighting designer

    New staging Teatro Regio Torino in co-production with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Associazione Arena Sferisterio / Macerata Opera Festival

    Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino

    More information about some of the artists

    Teatro Regio Torino
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    Emma Dante
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    Gianandrea Noseda
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    Dalibor Jenis

    Gabriele Viviani

    Anna Pirozzi
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    Oksana Dyka

    Marko Mimica
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    Piero Pretti

    Alexandra Zabala

    Photo: Franco Lannino / Studio Camera

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    Dress circle: £95 £80 £60 £50 £20
    Stalls: £95 £80 £60 £50 £35 £20
    Upper circle: £60 £50 £35 £20

    Current discounts

    Students: 30% OFF
    Senior citizens: 30% OFF
    Unemployed: 30% OFF
    BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
    Under 18s: 50% OFF
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF