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'Macbeth' shows Sunday at Cineplex

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, René Pape as Banquo, and Zeljko Lucic in the title role of Verdi's Macbeth.
Anna Netrebko potraying Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’.
Zeljko Lucic in the title role of Verdi's 'Macbeth'.

Verdi's Macbeth is directed by Shakespearean director Adrian Noble.

Macbeth was the first Shakespeare play adapted by adroit Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi for the operatic stage. Verdi composed Macbeth, his 10th opera for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. Macbeth was first sung on March 14, 1847.

British director Adrian Noble, who served as the artistic director and chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003, is known for his work on A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), The Importance of Being Earnest (2015) and Triple Sensation (2007).

In addition to his theatrical work, Noble has also directed several successful London West End musicals, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Secret Garden.

Noble's production of Macbeth stars Serbian operatic baritone Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth and Russian operatic Soprano Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth.

Zeljko Lucic has had an active international career since 1993, when he debuted as Silvio in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.

RenÈ Pape stars as Banquo and Joseph Calleja as Macduff.

It is said that Verdi, in a letter to a colleague around the time of the 1847 premier of Macbeth, expressed his ideas about his ideal Lady Macbeth. He wrote that Lady Macbeth should be "ugly and evil," that her voice should be "hard, stifled and dark", the voice of "the Devil".

Award-winning and reigning Russian prima donna Anna Netrebko figuratively embodies these traits in Noble's production. This was Netrebko's first portrayal of Lady Macbeth at the Met Opera,

Macbeth is the second in the Met Opera's 2017 Summer Encore four-title line-up being screened exclusively at Palace Cineplex on scheduled Sundays at 11:30 am

Tickets are on sale at the box office, Palace Cineplex, and via the web at, with any major credit card, or a Palace Card.