Gertrude Opera (AU) in association with Monk Parrots (USA)
Conceived and commissioned by Linda Thompson/Gertrude Opera
80-minute chamber opera based on Giuseppe Verdi’s original score
Adapted and arranged by Peter Stopschinkski
Directed and designed by Luke Leonard
Costume Design by Alison Heryer
”No dream is too big. No challenge is too great.
Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach” - Donald Trump
Mr Macbeth has a born-to-rule complex and delusions of grandeur. He lives with his foreign-born third wife in a McMansion, trading in wobbly millions and embroiled in dodgy deals, manipulating his minions as a hands-on property developer.
Life takes a turn for the bizarre, when he sees three witches in a forest acclaiming his future glory - a vision backed up by a loyal and trusty aide. Macbeth takes the supernatural prediction to heart. When fate hands them an opportunity, Mr Macbeth and his aspirational wife seize the day, with bloody resolve and dire consequences.
“…a new gripping, shortened and stylized meshing of Verdi's Macbeth…still resonates.”
“Lighting pulses accompanied a total effect that included eerie projected soundscapes which, together with a storm of voice and music, resonated through the darkness with 'Sensurround'-like intensity as each scene bled intriguingly to the next.”
“…edgy choreographed directorial style." – Opera Chaser
Macbeth is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community.
2019 La MaMa Great Jones Rehearsal Studios, New York, NY
2019 Yarra Valley Opera Festival, Victoria, Australia
2016 Australian Premiere, Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival, Victoria, Australia