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Verdi’s Macbeth

Visiting Company


A revival of Dominic Hill’s brooding and atmospheric operatic Macbeth in celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming. Inspired by events in the war-torn Balkans, the production by Scottish Opera presents a contemporary world of camouflage-clad leaders where power is all, but it comes at a price.
**Upper Circle seats now available**

Macbeth has heard a prophecy, given to him by three hags, that he will become King. His wife, spurred by ambition, persuades him to seize his opportunity and kill Duncan, who currently sits on the throne. Murder follows murder, and soon Macbeth has the blood of two men on his hands. Haunted by apparitions, visions and guilt, he returns to the witches for guidance, but their words give him little comfort in his future.

Unsettling and full of tension, Hill’s production underlines the drama of Shakespeare’s play and the brilliance of Verdi’s score, here performed by chamber orchestra. Desperate and furious, at times ethereal and visionary, Verdi’s music becomes even more immediate in this intimate setting, the tragedy even more intense.

Sung in English.

With players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.


Main Theatre

View seating plan

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Recommended for 12+
PLEASE NOTE: Due to exceptional demand, the Upper Circle is now open for booking. These seats are the same price as a Restricted View seat and are ONLY available by calling Box Office (0141 429 0022)

Cast & Creative Team >


David Stephenson - Macbeth
Elisabeth Meister - Lady Macbeth
Thomas Faulkner - Banquo/Doctor
Anthony Flaum - Macduff
Katie Bird, Sioned Gwen Davies, Martha Jones - Witches


Dominic Hill - Director
Tom Piper - Designer
Warren Letton - Lighting
Kally Lloyd-Jones - Movement Director


“Elisabeth Meister’s…glorious singing”
The Herald

The Times

“just wonderful”
Across the Arts

“the intimate setting of the Citizens Theatre and the close proximity of orchestra to audience only serves to intensify the drama and add to the immediacy of Verdi’s music
TV Bomb 

The Public Reviews



” I have the same conversation with singers as I do with actors”
Dominic Hill in The Herald

“what’s wonderful about opera is that the music does so much of the work for you”
Dominic Hill speaking to The Scotsman

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