Brisbane Festival and Opera Queensland in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre presentMacbethThird World Bunfight / Brett Bailey (SOUTH AFRICA)
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’ – conducted by Premil Petrovic with 10 rich-voiced South African singers, and with captivating lighting design by Felice Ross, this is theatre for today: moving, fascinating, fast-paced and threaded through with African musical and theatrical influences. "Undoubtedly the most exciting, provocative stage director in South Africa." (Sunday Independent, South Africa)“An unforgettable musical and dramatic experience.” (The Argus, South Africa) "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…there’s blazing intensity and savage wit in Bailey’s staging, too… Nobulumko Mngxekeza who is positively a knockout as a fearsome, fearless Lady Macbeth… One comes away chilled and thrilled, but also awed.” ★★★★★ (Telegraph, UK)This production contains adult themes, coarse language, violence, strobe and sound pressure effects. Sung in Italian with English projected surtitles.
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