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‘Macbeth’ on the big screen

  • London’s Royal Opera House’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera based on William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” will be shown in HD at the River Street Theatre in Jaffrey on May 20 and 23, both at 2 p.m. Courtesy Bill Cooper

  • JAFFREY, New Hampshire (May 14, 2018) London’s Royal Opera House production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera based on William Shakespeare’s MACBETH will be shown in HD at the River Street Theatre (RST) in Jaffrey on Sunday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 23, both at 2 p.m. Bill Cooper

  • JAFFREY, New Hampshire (May 14, 2018) London’s Royal Opera House production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera based on William Shakespeare’s MACBETH will be shown in HD at the River Street Theatre (RST) in Jaffrey on Sunday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 23, both at 2 p.m. Bill Cooper—

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  • Bill Cooper—©Photo_ Bill Cooper


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

London’s Royal Opera House
production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be shown in
high definition at the River Street Theatre in Jaffrey on May 20 and 23, both at 2 p.m.

The presentation is part of the RST’s Stage2Screen Series. The River Street Theatre is a project of the soon-to-be-built Park Theatre.

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.

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’.

Macbeth was filmed in high definition video and audio at the Royal Opera House theatre in London’s Covent Garden on March 4.