DurationApproximate 180 mins (Intermission Included)
Adapted from a Scottish historical legend, Shakespeare’s five-act tragedy Macbeth tells the story about a brave Scottish general named Macbeth killing the king and usurping the throne. This drama is respected “four tragedies” written by Shakespeare with Hamlet, King Lear, and Othello.
In 1847, based on an Italian libretto by F.M.Piave, Giuseppe Verdi put Macbeth on opera stage, which is his first opera work adapted from Shakespeare’s dramas, with strong dramatic music to show characters’ selfishness, desire, greed and fear, and present a series of scenes in the original work such as “knocking sound” and “sleepwalking”.
To memorize the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, NCPA will stage this opera production of Macbeth with Plácido Domingo playing the leading role, well-known maestro Daniel Oren as conductor and worldly renowned opera director Hugo de Ana in charge of the direction, set and costume design of this opera.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Premiere: March 10, 1847 at the Teatro della Pergola, in Florence
Conductor: Daniel Oren
Director & Set Designer & Costume Designer: Hugo de Ana
Lighting Designer: Paolo Mazzon
Projection Designer: Sergio Metalli
Choreographer: Alessandra Panzavolta
Graphic Designer: Mattia Metalli
Chorus Master: Ciro Visco
|Sept. 7||Plácido Domingo||Sun Xiuwei||Tian Haojiang||Luciano Ganci||Wang Jing||Luo Yang|
|Sept. 8||Sergey Murzaev||Susanna Branchini||Guan Zhijing||Luciano Ganci||Wang Jing||Luo Yang|
|Sept. 9||Sergey Murzaev||Sun Xiuwei||Tian Haojiang||Luciano Ganci||Wang Jing||Luo Yang|
|Sept. 10||Plácido Domingo||Sun Xiuwei||Tian Haojiang||Luciano Ganci||Wang Jing||Luo Yang|
|Sept. 11||Sergey Murzaev||Susanna Branchini||Guan Zhijing||Luciano Ganci||Wang Jing||Luo Yang|
Macbath: Plácido Domingo, Sergey Murzaev
Ms. Macbeth: Sun Xiuwei, Susanna Branchini
Banco: Tian Haojiang, Guan Zhijing
Macduff: Wang Chong, Luciano Ganci
Lady-in-waiting: Wang Jing
Malcolm: Luo Yang
Doctor: Liu Wenshuai
Macbeth's Servant: Yang Shuai
Massager: Chai Jin
Assassinator: Wang Chong
Three Ghosts: Chen Ran, Zhao Nan, Zhao Jin
General Macbeth, the cousin of the King of Scotland Duncan, meets a witch after ward off an attack. The witch predicts that Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor and king hereafter, while has no male offspring to inherit the throne. Instead, another general Banco, never a king himself, but is the progenitor of a line of future kings. After coming back, Duncan names Macbeth Thane of Cawdor, which makes Macbeth be surprised. Then, he murders Duncan and usurps the throne, with the support and connivance of Ms. Macbeth. To avoid other people’s usurpation, he kills Banco, Macduff’s wife and children. Although Macbeth achieves his aim, the fear and suspicion have created illusions in his brain, and his wife, Ms. Macbeth, also lives in the fear and sleepwalks frequently, which lead to her death. Being utterly isolated, Macbeth fails in the war and dies, and Ducan’s son Malcolm becomes the new king at the end.
Once conducted NCPA productions of Turandot, Il Trovatore, Norma and La Gioconda, etc.
With a natural talent,Daniel Oren developed his own particular interest for the Opera by the great Leonard Bernstein who in 1968 chose him, just thirteen years old, as lead vocalist in his Chichester Psalms's for the inauguration of the Israel Television; in reality it was the mother to start the young Daniel, still at an early age, a complete musical education by studying not only the piano and cello, but with singing and harmony. Maestro Oren then perfected his studies in Europe, devoting himself almost exclusively to conducting and taken part in 1975, winning, the prestigious competition 'Herbert von Karajan' for young conductors: from that moment the young artist began an international career.
After debuting in the United States, his reputation also consolidated in Italy: in fact he became the stable conductor in Rome and, subsequently, at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (where he was recently music director), at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples and at the Carlo Felice in Genoa.
He's Artist Director of Teatro Verdi in Salerno where he often conducts during the opera season. He's also regular guest in Paris, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well as in Tel Aviv,Verona, Florence, Madrid, Cologne and Barcelona.
Director of NCPA's Il Trovatore, Samson et Dalila, Un Ballo In Maschera andVIVA Verdi.
Born in Buenos Aires, Hugo de Ana graduated at Ernesto de la Corcova Arts School as professor in visual arts and custom design for TV and cinema. Right after graduation, he lectured at the Universidad de la Plata.
Acclaimed for his spectacular scenery sets as well as for his special way to use the lights, Hugo de Ana is a regular guest at world's most prestigious opera houses. His career started as Technical Director and Executive Producer at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, staging operas such asTurandot, Werther, Don Carlo, Cavalleria Rusticana,Pagliacci, Medea and The Rake's Progress. Then he moved to Santiago de Chile where he staged Roméo et Juliette, Lucrezia Borgia, Don Carlo and Les contes d'Hoffmannreceiving for three consecutive years the critics' price as the best director.
Soon he started his collaboration with Teatro de la Zarzuela, in Madrid, and the Liceu Opera Theatre in Barcelona, where he signed works such as Armida, Andrea Chénier, Die Walküre, La Bohème, Ermione, and Otello. He made his Italian debut in 1990 staging Mosè in Egitto in Bologna. Since that moment he started to collaborate with the most important Italian theatres such as Teatro La Scala in Milan (Lucrezia Borgia, Samson et Dalila, La forza del destino and Il Trovatore), and Teatro Regio in Turin (Manon Lescaut), etc.
Born in Venice, he is teaching lighting technology at Accademia di belle artilegalmente riconosciuta“Cignaroli”di VERONA in Italy.
From 1980, he began to work for opera house in Venice, and participated in lighting design of American choreographer Carolyn Carlson’s dance work, and toured in European and American universities and opera house such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. In 2001, he built a long-term cooperation with Verona Theatre Foundation as a lighting designer. At the same year, he finished the lighting production of opera Ernani directed by Cristiano Bacchi.
He has cooperated several times with worldly well-known director and set design master Hugo de Ana in the field of lighting design, including operas Nabucco, La sonnambula and Tuscany.
Sergio Metalli was born in Rimini in 1956 and he is dedicated to his passion for electronics that bring him to choose studies along those lines.
His versatility led him to perform collaborations in all areas at the highest levels like the State television, to have daily collaborations with artists like Dario Fo, Tonino Guerra, Mietta Corli, Hugo de Ana, Nicolas Joel, Ezio Frigerio, Josep Maria Flotats, Lindsay Kemp, Pier'Alli, Gianni Quaranta, Raffaele Curi, Lluis Pasqual, José Carlos Plaza, Tito Egurza, Margherita Palli, Luca Ronconi, William Landi, Peter Stein, Vladimir Vasiliev and many others passing from international conferences until the Theatre which he has a very special feeling.
In over a decade of successful career he has made over 360 productions and he has worked with major opera theatres around the world.
Mattia Metalli enters the world of digital at the end of the '90s, becoming one of the youngest Avid editors in Europe.
The great passion combined with his creativity, led him to deepen his knowledge in the world of editing, compositing and 3D graphics.
Over the years, the experience, led him to collaborate with his father, Sergio Metalli, to the realization of many projects in the most important Opera Houses in the world, alongside the greatest directors and set designers at the: Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Opera House in Astana ,Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, LA Opera in Los Angeles, Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Royal Opera House in Muscat and in the most prestigious Italian Theaters as Teatro alla Scala in Milano, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Teatro dell Opera in Roma, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, and many others
Having studied classic and modern dance in the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Alessandra Panzavolta continued her study in and graduated from Royal Academy of Dance in London under the artistic direction of Ms. Margot Fonteyn. While studying music, she also obtained the bachlor’s degree in foreign language and the humanities. She became a solo dancer when she was 15, and debuted in Tavolo Verde of Joss in Teatro Filarmonico. She has performed in many events and tours in foreign countries in three years mainly including theatres in Italy and Europe. In 1998, she participated inMacbeth directed by Riccardo Muti to celebrate the 220 years' inauguration of Teatro alla Scala. In 1999, she re-staged I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Politeama Theatre in Lecce and Il Barbiere di Sivigliaand Le Nozze di Figaro under the cooperation with José Luis Castro and Maestranza Theatre in Siviglia. Between 1995 and 1999, she worked as the Artistic Director of Italy Professional Dance School and a sign language teacher in the mime and drama department of Universitá Cattolica in Milan. Since 2001, she has been the production director of Maestranza Theatre in Siviglia, and involved in direction and chereography. She recently worked in Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Comunale in Modena and Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Ciro Visco has been the new chorus master at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since March 2010 and chorus master of the Children’s Chorus since 2011.
He graduated from the Naples Conservatory in Piano, Singing (both the performing and didactic fields), Choral Music and Choral Conducting. He also studied composition and attended courses in orchestral conducting at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. After assisting Maestro Giacomo Maggiore at the opera house Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, when Teatro Verdi in Salerno was re-opened he was invited to conduct the chorus there for various productions, including Falstaff, Nabucco, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana and The Barber of Seville).
From 1997 to 2000 he worked alongside Norbert Balatsch at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Afterwards, he served as chorus master for numerous productions, collaborating with conductors and composers such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Myung-Whun Chung, Jeffrey Tate, Roberto Abbado, Yutaka Sado and EnnioMorricone, among others.
CiroVisco has been chorus master at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and at Radio France.
Plácido Domingo has been described in the international press as 'the King of Opera,' 'a true Renaissance man in music,' and 'the greatest operatic artist of modern times.' As of 2015, Domingo has sung over 3,700 performances of 146 roles – figures unmatched by any other celebrated opera singer in history, and he has recently added several baritone roles to his long list of achievements as a tenor. His more than 100 recordings (in addition to numerous music videos and four feature films of operas) have earned him nine Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys, and he has won two Emmys for his television appearances. During the 1990s he and his colleagues José Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti – the Three Tenors – performed with enormous success all over the world and attracted new fans to opera.
In 1993, Domingo founded Operalia, an annual international voice competition that has helped launch the careers of many of today’s opera stars. In 2012, Operalia celebrated its 20th Edition at NCPA, China. He was also the prime mover behind the creation of Young Artist programmes in Washington, Los Angeles, and Valencia. He has received official recognition from the governments of many nations, and he has raised millions of dollars through benefit concerts to aid the victims of natural disasters in Mexico, Central America, Asia, Australia and the United States.
Now well into his eighth decade, Plácido Domingo shows no signs of slowing down.
She once played the role of Turandot in NCPA's production of Turandot, and the role of Tosca in the premiere of NCPA's production of Tosca.
Sun Xiuwei studied vocal composition under a famous opera sopranist in Milan, Italy. She competed in many kinds of contests around the world within less than two years and won first prize six times. In 1994, she began her opera career with her first singing engagement of G. Verdi's La Traviata at the Tokyo Opera House. She sang in Norma, La Traviata, La Forza Del Destino, Trovatore, tilla, Suor Angelica, Andrea Chenier, Il Corsaro, Macbeth, Turandor, Pagliacci, and Requiem. She also sang Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly by G.Puccini, after her debut this production in Verona Di Arena, Italy, 1997, she played in this opera more than two hundred times around the world. She sang at opera houses in Roma, Bologna, Palermo, Trieste, Genova, Vanezia, Torre Di Lago, Catania, Verona, Italy; Berlin, Bonn and Carlsruhe, Germany; Nizza, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Oslo, Norway; Helsinky, Finland; Bilbao, Spain; Serbia; Washington, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia in the United States; Toronto, Canada; and Santiago, Chili. She worked with famous cantors like Arena, Bartoletti, Domingo, Gatti, Nagano, Oren, Palombo, Renzetti,and Rizzi e Santi. She is one of the few Chinese sopranists that are still active on European opera stages.
Susanna Branchini, born in Rome to Italian father and Caribbean mother, graduates with honors at the F. Morlacchi Music Conservatory in Perugia, and then participates successfully in many international competitions: she’s finalist in both Toulouse and As.Li.Co. and wins the Mattia Battistini contest. In 2002 she debuts at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as Micaela in Carmen, soon followed by Liù in Turandot and Mimì in La Bohème.
Her fast vocal evolution allows her to approach quickly a more incisive repertoire, as Verdi's heroines, going from Aida, Il Trovatore and Don Carlo to the soprano drammatico d'agilità roles such as Odabella in Attila and Lady in Macbeth (in which she just opened the Season 2012/13 at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona), characters that show her artistic temperament and her acting skills.
Susanna Branchini feels comfortable both in psychological deepness of Puccini's lyricism of Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Tabarro and Suor Angelica and in "verismo" repertoire where she can range from Pagliacci to Cavalleria Rusticana.
Among her recent and future engagements: Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata, the Verdi-Wagner Gala at Arena di Verona with Placido Domingo, Tosca in Antwerpen, Leonora in Il Trovatore in the season opening production at Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Tosca at La Fenice in Venice and at Arena Sferisterio in Macerata, Aida at Arena di Verona, Lady Macbeth at Theatre de Champs-Elysees under the baton of Daniele Gatti., Aida and the debut as Abigaille in Nabucco at the Arena di Verona.
Tian Haojiang has performed in NCPA productions of Turandot, Chinese Orphan, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Aida (concet version), Eugene Onegin, Rickshaw Boy, Norma and Aida.
Since his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1991, Tian Haojiang, a native of Beijing, has sung over 1300 performances of 40 operatic roles worldwide. He has been on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for 19 years in 300 performances of 26 operas. Tian has also been highly praised for his appearances in many international theaters such as the Berlin State Opera, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Arena di Verona, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Canadian Opera Company, and other major opera houses in the three continents.
Among highlights of his recent and current engagements, he performed as Timur at the Metropolitan Opera, King Philip in Don Carlo at Liege in Belgium, Le Cid in Valencia in Spain with Plácido Domingo, Ramphis in Aida in San Francisco, world premiere of Tian's one-man show Sing Brother Sing in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, title role of Poet Li Bai in Los Angeles, title role of The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci in Hong Kong, Verdi's Masnadieri with the Washington Concert Opera, and a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York.
His autobiography, Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met, was released in 2008 worldwide by Wiley and Sons as a Lincoln Center Book.
He has performed in NCPA productions of Rickshaw Boy (Master Liu), La Bohème (Colline), A Village Teacher (Zhou Wushan), La Traviata (The Doctor), L'Elisir d'Amore (Dr. Dulcamara), Turandot (Timur), The Chinese Orphan (Gongsun Chujiu), Rigoletto (the Killer), Xi Shi (Wu Zixu), Lohengrin (Heinrich der Vogler), Le Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo), Il Trovatore (Ferrando), Guillaume Tell (Gessler) and Visitors on the Snow Mountain (Uncle Niazi).
As a bass, Guan Zhijing is active on both domestic and overseas opera stages with complete singing skills, proper vocal flexibility and complex performance features. He is the winner of Wenhua Award in the 8th National Vocal Music Competition, the Award of Merit in the first 'Voice from the Golden Shore' New Singers & Songs Competition and the Crystal Award in the 3rd CCTV Foreign Song Competition for Chinese Singers. He was recruited in 2005 to the international master class organized by reputable Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi.
Tenor Wang Chong has performed a number of roles in NCPA opera productions, including the Messenger (Aida, a concert version co-produced with New National Theatre, Tokyo), the Steersman (Der Fliegende Hollaender), Flavio (Norma), Dr. Caius (Falstaff), and Rodolfo (Guglielmo Tell). An alumnus of the 2014 Merola Opera Program, Wang Chong is a first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow. He performed with the Merola Opera Program excerpts as Goro (Madama Butterfly), Don José (Carmen), and the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto).
As soprano of the CMC Political Work Department Opera Troupe, Wang Jing has performed in NCPA productions of Carmen, Otello and Rusalka. Graduating from Vocal Voice & Opera Department of the Central Conservatory of Music in China, she attended Welsh Opera Master Class, Shanghai Metropolitan International Opera Master Class, and Bergonzi International Vocal Music Master Class. Her works include the premiere of opera La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto) in China, La Traviata (Annina), The Magic Flute (The Maid of the Night), Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) in concert version, Carmen (Mercedes), CMC Political Work Department Opera Troupe-originated operas Sun Snow (Su Yuying) and Missile Command (An Jing), and musical West Side Story (Rozalia). She won the Third Prize in the New Vocal Music Competition in 2003 and the Second Prize of Drama Performance in the Art Show of Military in 2009. She has held several solo concerts in Beijing and performed in hundreds of concerts around the country.
Established on December 8, 2009, NCPA Chorus is the resident chorus of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts.
Now the Chorus invites Wu Lingfen as the conductor, with many artists well-known in China and abroad giving instructions. Affiliated to NCPA, the highest palace of performing arts in China, the Chorus adheres to NCPA's guiding principles of 'for the people, for the arts, and for the world' and is recognized as a vigorous and promising professional chorus.
The Chorus has cooperated with many well-known artists ever since its establishment, including directors as Francesca Zambello, Giancarlo Del Monaco, Hugo De Ana, Chen Xinyi, Cao Qijing, Liao Xianghong, Yi Liming, Li Liuyi, prominent conductors as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Metha, Daniel Oren, Myung-whun Chung, Yan Liangkun, Yang Hongnian, Lü Jia, Li Xincao, Zheng Jian, Yang Li, outstanding vocalists as Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Inva Mulla, Juan Pons, Brandon Jovanovich, Francesco Meli, Dai Yuqiang, Wei Song, Warren Mok, Yuan Chenye, Liao Changyong, Zhang Yalun, Zhang Liping, Dilbèr, Sun Xiuwei, He Hui, Yang Guang, Li Xiaoliang, to name just a few. Plácido Domingo once said it was his honor to cooperate with these talented young artists; Lorin Maazel ever acclaimed it as 'a chorus full of passion', 'It is the best voice I have ever heard, As young as the chorus was, it's much more excellent than many of European choruses', said Daniel Oren after rehearsal.
As one of the leading Chinese choruses both on stage of operas and concerts, the NCPA Chorus represents the highest artistry of opera chorus in China. By presenting over 100 performances each year, the Chorus has depicted numerous opera characters in an enthusiastic way and contributed actively to the further development of arts production of the NCPA. Ever since its establishment, the Chorus has actively performed in more than 40 operas produced by NCPA.
Besides operas, the Chorus has participated in many grand vocal works and themed concerts, such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Mahler's Symphony No.2 and No.8, Verdi's Requiem, Concert Commemorating the 110th Anniversary of the Birth of Huang Zi, opera concertsGuillaume Tell, Don Juan and the grand music and dance epic Road to Revive, etc.
As a resident ensemble of the NCPA, the Chorus also takes part in various cultural communication and arts outreach activities in order to reach and attract more audiences through its weekend concerts, lectures and performances in schools and communities, which have gained lasting popularity among audiences. In addition, the Chorus will continue to travel abroad to perform the NCPA productions and excellent classics. During recent years, it has toured to different countries and regions including Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong to engage in arts exchanges, receiving widespread acclaim. In September 2015 the Chorus finished its tour in Italy with the NCPA to perform Rickshaw boy.
China NCPA Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing. Established in March 2010, the orchestra consists of highly accomplished musicians from around the world, who perform in more than a dozen opera productions presented by its home venue each year as well as in ballets and regular orchestral concerts in its own season. With a notably busy schedule, the young ensemble has fast established itself as one of the most adventurous and dynamic orchestras in the country. Lü Jia took up the post of Chief Conductor