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Macbeth 2019English Touring Opera

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English Touring Opera's welcome annual visit to the Perth Festival of the Arts brings Verdi's great adaptation of the 'Scottish Play', a work they have not tackled before. Perth is a highly appropriate location - Dunsinane is a few minutes' drive to the east and Birnam Wood a mere dozen miles to the north. The opera is full of wonderfully stirring music, and not just for the lead soloists. The chorus have several of Verdi's greatest hits, including the exiles' lament, and the witches have a thoroughly enjoyable time, with lots of jolly singing and dancing, while they create their havoc. 

Having said that, there must be a sense of disappointment that this is the only operatic offering. Last year, in addition to the popular favourite (a relatively routine Figaro), they brought a concert of dazzlingly virtuosic Rossini excerpts. This year they have re-convened several of the same singers for a full production of one of those operas, Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra. They are also mounting Mozart's glorious Idomeneo. Given that it is over twenty years since that masterwork was seen in Scotland and the Rossini has not been seen since 1972, it is a pity, to put it mildly, that neither of these works will be seen in Perth.

Popular as Macbeth undoubtedly is, it was given an enjoyable major staging (by the Turin Opera) as recently as the 2017 Edinburgh Festival. It is also, quite justifiably, a favourite with our various amateur groups. In those circumstances, its ability to attract opera-lovers to journey from the other cities will be a challenge and remains to be seen.

Performance Cast

Macbeth a general in King Duncan's army

Grant Doyle

Banquo a general in King Duncan's army

Andrew Slater

Lady Macbeth

Madeleine Pierard

Macduff Thane of Fife

Amar Muchhala

Malcolm son of King Duncan

David Lynn

Lady in waiting

Tanya Hurst


Ed Hawkins

Performance DatesMacbeth 2019

Map List

Perth Concert Hall | Perth

16 May, 19.30

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