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Playing period

07 - 13. November

Playing time

3 hours, incl. break

Due to Covid-19 the opera has been cancelled.

Macbeth is now cancelled due to Covid-19. All ticketholders will be refunded automatically on November 6th.

Due to Covid-19 amongst members of the ensemble in Macbeth, we unfortunately have to cancel the performances on 7th and 9th November. We are planning a new version of the Macbeth for the 11th and 13th November, more information on this performance, tickets and refunds will come later this week.

- The last weeks have been challenging, but our terrific singers and creative team are healthy and upbeat! We are all determined to present our audience with a new Macbeth concept which will serve Verdi´s music well. Times are tough for everyone, but let´s hope that we can make exciting music for as many people as possible. Mary Miller, General & Artistic Director

We will contact all ticket holders.

This autumn's operatic highlight is Macbeth by Verdi. The King of Scotland and his viciously ambitious wife, set out on a murderous journey towards an inevitable abyss.

Verdi loved Shakespeare and especially the terrifying story of Macbeth, King of Scotland, and his viciously ambitious wife. The result is an opera with music that brilliantly describes the play's terrifying undertones - with its eerie witches, savage murders and violent emotions. Emanuele Muzio, Verdi's assistant and his only student, wrote in a letter after the premiere in Florence in 1847: " What sublime music! I tell you that there are things in it that make your hair stand on end!"

The Scottish royal couple are alarmed by witches' predictions of a new royal line. Together they make a bloody plan to secure their continuing place on the throne. Read the whole plot here: "What happens in Macbeth?"

The opera's most famous arias include the vivid drinking aria (brindisi) when the newly crowned couple throw a party, and the chilling sleepwalker scene in the last act, where Verdi's music softens as Lady Macbeth tries in vain to wash away the blackness of her conscience.

This new production by Bergen National Opera is directed by Shakespearean specialist Lenka Udovicki. Chief conductor Edward Gardner leads the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The title role is sung by baritone Roberto Frontali, who has performed at The Met, Wiener Staatsoper and La Scala in Milan. Alex Penda, known for her intense and lyrical soprano, sings Lady Macbeth.

Giuseppe Verdi / Music
Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, based on William Shakespeare’s play / Libretto

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor
Singers from Bergen Philharmonic Chorus

Premiere 7th November at 6PM
Also 9th, 11th and 13th November at 7PM

Opera in four acts, performed as a scenic concert
Sung in Italian, surtitles in Norwegian
Duration: Approx. 3 hours, including a 30-minute break

A new production by Bergen National Opera
Presented by Bergen National Opera and Musikkselskapet Harmonien

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Selected dates

07/11 Saturday 18.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended
09/11 Monday 19.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended
11/11 Wednesday 19.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended
13/11 Friday 19.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended