The conflict in today’s Congo is an inspired setting for this striking adaptation of Verdi’s arresting opera.
In this re-creation, a group of Congolese refugees has stumbled upon a trunk filled with sheet music, costumes and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s Macbeth.
This theatrical paraphernalia is the catalyst for a dramatic re-telling of Shakespeare’s tale of greed, tyranny and remorse, with the Macbeths as warlords, the three witches as double-crossing businessmen and Dunsinane as the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.
War rages over access to mineral resources. Macbeth has been adapted from Verdi’s original score by Belgian composer Fabrizio Cassol. Performed by a 12-piece on-stage chamber orchestra – the spirited trans-Balkan ‘No Borders Orchestra’ – and 10 rich-voiced South African singers, this is theatre for today: moving, fascinating, fast-paced and threaded through with African musical and theatrical influences.
Co-produced by the Barbican, KFDA/KVS, Wiener Festwochen, Theaterformen Festival and La Ferme du Buisson.
“This is not just another night at the opera, it’s a séance – where high Western art meets a pan-African ethos, tongue firmly in post-colonial cheek.” (The Star, South Africa)
“There can be no denying the power and originality of this astonishing appropriation of Verdi’s Macbeth… one comes away chilled and thrilled.” (Telegraph, UK)
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Verdi’s Macbeth is presented by Brisbane Festival and Opera Queensland
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15, 16, 18 & 19 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM