Giuseppe Verdi


22 May 2016, 7 p.m.

Hungarian State Opera

In Brief

Opera in two parts, four acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Performance length: , with 1 intermission.
Pronouncing Shakespeare's Macbeth to be "one of the greatest creations of man", Verdi instructed his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, to "adopt a sublime diction, except in the witches' chorus, which must be vulgar, yet bizarre and original." The result of their work is a true music drama that is ahead of its time, constructed from start to finish with remarkable understanding.
Miklós Szinetár's production highlights this sense of structure, while the constantly changing sand animations and the prominent role of the witches leaves little room for doub that in this interpretation, the principal character is not one of the mortals in the tale, but indeed fate itself, which sweeps us away whenever and however it likes – all the while having us convinced that we act of our own free will.


Hungarian State Opera
May 22, 2016
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
10 p.m.