Macbeth (Opera)

Opera

Writers: Giuseppe Verdi Francesco Maria Piave

Overview

Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts
4
First Produced
1847
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
11th century, scotland
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
None
Ideal for
College/University, Professional Opera, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult, child, early teen, late teen characters

Synopsis

A plot of ruthless politics, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plot to ensure their place on the throne. Macbeth and Banquo, the leaders of the Scottish army, encounter a group of witches who prophecize that Macbeth will be King, and that Banquo will be the father of kings. Macbeth is perturbed by the prophecy and completely absorbed by his evil thoughts and plots of murder, while his wife is ruthless and stops at nothing to achieve their goals. After they kill the King, Macbeth and his wife are overcome by fear, paranoia, and rage, but they continue to kill everyone in their way to maintain their place on the throne. Ultimately, it becomes their undoing.

Lead Characters