NI Opera’s spectacular new production of Verdi’s masterpiece Macbeth opens at Belfast’s Grand Opera House on Friday evening, with further performances on the Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for all three shows are selling quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment!
Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy is a tale of murder, madness and all-consuming lust for power, and in Verdi’s hands it becomes an opera full of drama, passion and gloriously gripping music. Directed by Oliver Mears and designed by Annemarie Woods, Macbeth features the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of Nicholas Chalmers, and a stellar cast led by Bruno Caproni (who sang the title role in The Flying Dutchman last year) and Rachel Nicholls, along with a 40-strong chorus drawn from across the island of Ireland.
An unmissable event for fans of Shakespeare and Verdi alike.
“Verdians should head to Belfast in February as an increasingly confident NI Opera unveils a new production of Macbeth” – The Times, Best of the Arts 2014.
Macbeth – Bruno Caproni / Paul Carey Jones (February 22)
Lady Macbeth – Rachel Nicholls / Miriam Murphy (February 22)
Macduff – Andrew Rees
Banquo – John Molloy
Lady in Waiting – Doreen Curran
Malcolm – Aaron Cawley
Doctor / Servant – Nathan Morrison
Assassin – Christopher Cull
February 21st at 7.15pm
February 22nd at 7.15pm
February 23rd at 2.00pm
Tickets £18 – £40
(limited number of £10 student tickets available for the performance on the 23rd)
Box office: 028 9024 1919 Book online at www.goh.co.uk
Co-production with Welsh National Opera. Sung in English.
See www.niopera.com for more details.
NI Opera’s young artists have a busy weekend ahead of them – Jean Wallace and Ioana Pipelea will be performing with the Ulster Orchestra in a special Valentine’s BBC Invitation Concert hosted by John Toal on Friday 14th February at 8pm in the Ulster Hall, and Sarah Richmond and Richard Shaffrey who are members of the Macbeth chorus and understudies for the roles of Lady in Waiting and Macduff, will be attending the opera’s sitzprobe on Saturday when the cast and chorus will sing along with the Ulster Orchestra for the first time.
Then on Sunday 16th, all four singers will perform a recital accompanied by local pianist David Quigley celebrating the music of Strauss and Gluck as part of the International Festival of Chamber Music. The recital will take place in the Harty Room at Queen’s at 11am and tickets are available at the door priced £10 (and £5 for under 25s).