Macbeth Underworld

Pascal Dusapin


Salle Favart

from 25
to 31 March 2020


+33 (0)1 70 23 01 31 / Estimated duration : 1h45


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All are dead but some are not aware of it. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banco’s ghost, the child… This dead child is the cornerstone of the guilt haunting the Macbeths. Confined in operatic limbo, they are doomed to relive their past in an outer world that is guarded by nightmarish beings.

Father figure of Evil, the shakespearian couple lures us into the darkest corners of the human soul. Pascal Dusapin, renown contemporary opera writer, conceived this new work of art based on a text from Frédéric Boyer, four years after the opera Penthesilea. Based on the original work, this Way of the Cross also depicts our world: “It’s not about telling yet another story, says Pascal Dusapin. It’s about creating more stories with opera. Opera is about singing together about what preoccupies us.”

Co-commissioned by the Opéra Comique and the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, MacBeth Underworld was first staged in Bruxelles on 20th September 2019, and will premiere here in French. Thomas Jolly invents this outer world’ scenic space while Franck Ollu unfolds  his sound universe as a fine connaisseur of Pascal Dusapin’s work and philosophy.

French creation
Opera in eight chapters, on a libretto by Frédéric Boyer based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Created at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Bruxelles)on 20th September 2019.

Performing in English, With French and English surtitles

Estimated duration : 1h45


Musical direction Franck Ollu
Stage direction Thomas Jolly

With Katarina Bradic, Georg Nigl, Ekaterina Lekhina, Lilly Jørstad, Christel Loetzsch, Gidon Saks, Graham Clark, Airelle Groleau / Rachel Masclet - children from La Maîtrise Populaire de l’Opéra Comique

Choir accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Before the show


Musical direction Franck Ollu

Stage direction Thomas Jolly

Artistic collaboration Alexandre Dain

Decor Bruno de Lavenère

Costumes Sylvette Dequest

Lights Antoine Travert

Dramaturgy Katja Krüger

Musical assistant Josep Planells Schiaffino

Chief of choir Richard Wilberforce

Vocal coach Yoan Hereau

Lady Macbeth Katarina Bradic

Macbeth Georg Nigl

Weird Sisters Ekaterina Lekhina, Lilly Jørstad, Christel Loetzsch

Ghost Matthew Best

Porter Graham Clark

Child Airelle Groleau / Rachel Masclet (alternately) - children from La Maîtrise Populaire de l'Opéra Comique

Actors Stanislas Briche, Alexander Espinosa Correoso, Michael Guevara, Vladimir Hugot, Benoit Maubrey, Guillaume Rabain, Frédéric Schalck et Gabriel Soler

Choir accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie

Orchestra Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Co-commissioned by the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Opéra Comique

Production Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Opéra Comique, Opéra de Rouen Normandie

With the support of the Fonds de Création Lyrique

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