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Giuseppe Verdi


Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Based on Macbeth, a play by William Shakespeare

Cast of Characters

  • Lady Macbeth, (Soprano
  • Macbeth, (baritone) her husband
  • Banquo, (bass) a General
  • Macduff, (tenor) a Scottish nobleman
  • Duncan, (Mute, King of Scotland
  • Lady-in-Waiting to Lady Macbeth, (Soprano
  • Malcolm, (tenor) son of Duncan
  • Fleance, (Mute, son of Banquo
  • Doctor, (bass)
  • Witches, spirits (dancers), servants, messengers, soldiers, assassins, nobles and peasants.


Scotland in 1040 and after


14th March 1847; Florence, Italy.


Macbeth covets the throne of his country and is manipulated into killing the current King by his wife. The King comes to Macbeth s castle to reward him with the title and estates of the rebel Cawdor. Conscience and the super-natural join forces to destroy Macbeth and his evil wife.

Memorable sections of music

Vieni! t affretta!
Mi si affaccia un pugnal?

Act I Ensemble: Schiudi, inferno
Sì colmi il calice
Ah, la paterna mano

Act IV scene 2 (the sleep-walking scene)

Copyright © 1996, Stephen L. Parker.