Theater an der Wien, Sujet 2016/17


Opera in four acts (1847/1865)

Music by Giuseppe Verdi                           

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, additions by Andrea Maffei
based on The Tragedy of Macbeth (1606?) by William Shakespeare

Director Roland Geyer

In Italian with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere (Fassung 1865): 11. 11. 2016
Premiere (Fassung 1865/1847): 13. 11. 2016

Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi's first adaptation of a drama by William Shakespeare, was written in 1846/47 as a commission for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. Verdi quickly realised that this exceptional material required him to come up with new ideas, and he created a constellation unusual for the time: the eponymous hero is a baritone, not a tenor; the plot is not a love story, but shows the degeneration brought upon a character by his desire for power and the disastrous dynamics this sets off between Macbeth and his wife. Although Verdi had dared to fly in the face of tradition with this opera, its very first performance was an overwhelming success. In Macbeth, Verdi gave dramatic expression priority over bel canto for the first time. He instructed his singers to declaim with great expression; the Lady's voice should be "rough, strangled, hollow" and if, from time to time, a singer failed to hit the right note it did not matter to Verdi. Macbeth was a clear departure from the romantic opera that dominated at the time, presenting themes and a portrayal of the characters' emotional states that come very close to realism in musical theatre.

As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.


Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien

Tickets & Info

  • 25 - 148 €


Current Dates

  • Fri. 11 Nov 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 13 Nov 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 15 Nov 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 17 Nov 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 20 Nov 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 22 Nov 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 24 Nov 2016, 7 p.m.