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By Giuseppe VerdiWitchcraft, insanity, manipulation and medieval justice...This is the classic tale of Macbeth. The story of a Scottish nobleman whose gallant code of honour is soon awash in the spilt blood of his friends and family.
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Macbeth in Concert

Venue Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane
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Dates 13 to 14 Apr 2012

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By Giuseppe Verdi

Witchcraft, insanity, manipulation and medieval justice...

This is the classic tale of Macbeth. The story of a Scottish nobleman whose gallant code of honour is soon awash in the spilt blood of his friends and family.  Treachery and deceit descend like a dark fog upon a once self-sacrificing man whose corrupt fate drives him, his love and his nation into violence and disaster.

Our much-praised Opera Queensland Chorus will join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to present two stunning concert performances of Macbeth, where intensely evocative music creates potent imagery. Verdi's thrilling choruses and powerful orchestration will be realised in this dramatic rendition of the age-old Scottish tale.  With a fine cast, it will be a pleasure to sit back and simply listen to Verdi's electrifying score. However, in order to focus on the drama of each scene, the concert setting will be enhanced with minimal lighting and staging, and the singers will not be reading from scores.

Shakespeare's horrific and erotic narrative of blind ambition in 11th century Scotland has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences for centuries.  This will be a rare opportunity to experience, in an intense concert production, the combined genius of two of the Western world's greatest dramatists. 

Macbeth in Concert is sung in Italian with projected English subtitles.


MICHAEL LEWIS as Macbeth
Background: Studied at the London Opera Centre after winning the Metropolitan Opera Competition (1973) and an Arts Council Scholarship. Made his major debut at the Wexford Festival (1976) which launched his career as one of Australia's leading baritones. Has performed in the UK, Europe, America, Mexico, Asia, Australia and New Zealand in diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Wagner to contemporary compositions. In 2008, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). For Opera Queensland: Title roles in Nabucco and Rigoletto, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ford in Falstaff, Zurga in The Pearl Fishers, Giorgio Germont in La traviata, Count di Luna in Il trovatore, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. Other engagements: Has garnered much recognition for his interpretations of the works of Verdi, having performed 12 of the composer's great baritone roles, and finding particular success singing the title role in Rigoletto. Has appeared in 11 different interpretations of Rigoletto including productions by Jonathan Miller (in London), Elijah Moshinsky (Opera Australia) and John Copley (Opera Australia, for which he won a Green Room Award), as well as a concert production at Opera in the Domain which featured Dame Joan Sutherland in her last performance as Gilda. Other performance highlights include the world premières of Richard Mills' Batavia (as Jeronimus Cornelisz) and John Haddock's Madeline Lee (as The Major), and making his debut as Sixtus Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (all for Opera Australia). Concert engagements: Has appeared with leading orchestras around the world and all of Australia's principal orchestras. Repertoire encompasses all the major baritone works including Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Britten's A War Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Adams' The Wound Dresser, Mahler's Eighth Symphony, Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Fauré's Requiem, Rachmaninov's The Bells, Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death. Upcoming engagements: Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia).

ELIZABETH WHITEHOUSE as Lady Macbeth

Background: Born in Hobart. Currently based in Germany. Recipient of a MO Award for Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Helpmann and MO Awards for title role in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Green Room Awards for Leonora in Fidelio, title role in Manon Lescaut and Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. Engagements/Australia: Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Fata Morgana in The Love for Three Oranges, Kostelnicka in Jenůfa, Foreign Princess in Rusalka, Leonore in Fidelio, Marie in Wozzeck, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, title roles in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Manon Lescaut, Tosca (for Opera Australia). International: Title role in Turandot, Kundry in Parsifal (in Germany), Marie in Wozzeck (Teatro Comunale in Bologna), Agathe in Der Freischütz (Israeli Opera), Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes (in Genoa), Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (La Scala), Leonore in Fidelio (La Scala and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), title role in Tosca (in San Francisco, Colorado, Frankfurt and Tokyo), Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Senta in Der fliegende Holländer (Deutsche Oper), Elsa in Lohengrin, Countess in Capriccio (Teatro Reggio di Torino), title role in Ariadne auf Naxos (Teatro La Fenice), Gutrune and Third Norn in Götterdämmerung (Teatro Real in Madrid). Has also performed at the Edinburgh, Salzburg, Bregenz, Zürich and Berlin Festivals. Concert repertoire: Mahler's Symphony Nos 2 and 8, Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Zemlinsky's Lyrische Symphonie. Has appeared with the Orchestre National de France, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. A highlight of her concert engagements was her participation as Tove in Gurrelieder with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at his inauguration concert as the new Chief Conductor. Recordings: Believe in Love (with Richard Bonynge/Melba Recordings).

ANDREW COLLIS as Banquo
Background: Has performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Was a member of Germany's Cologne Opera from 1993 to 2003. For Opera Queensland: Cesare Angelotti in Tosca, Ashby in The Girl of the Golden West, Kromow in The Merry Widow, Doctor Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Count Monterone in Rigoletto, Doctor Grenvil in La traviata, Speaker in The Magic Flute, Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Colonel Frank in Die Fledermaus, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Zuniga in Carmen, title roles in Don Pasquale and The Marriage of Figaro. Other engagements/Australia: Mr Flint in Billy Budd, Doctor Kolenatý in The Makropulos Secret, Friar Lawrence in Roméo et Juliette (Opera Australia), Swallow in Peter Grimes, Speaker and Second Priest in The Magic Flute (West Australian Opera), Fasolt in Das Rheingold, Spalanzani, Luther and Crespel in The Tales of Hoffmann (State Opera of South Australia), Luka in The Bear, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Duke Bluebeard in Bluebeard's Castle (Victorian Opera), Count Rodolfo in La sonnambula (West Australian Opera). International: Title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Schaunard and Colline in La bohème, Hobson in Peter Grimes, Mr Flint in Billy Budd, Doctor Kolenatý in The Makropulos Affair, Monterone in Rigoletto, Tchelio in The Love for Three Oranges, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus (Cologne Opera), Sarastro in The Magic Flute (Lyric Opera of Singapore), Colline in La bohème, Hobson in Peter Grimes (San Diego Opera), Captain Cook in The Trial of the Cannibal Dog (New Zealand International Arts Festival). Also appeared in productions of Tosca and Un ballo in maschera (Hong Kong Arts Festival) and Intolleranza (Vienna Festival). Concert repertoire: Bach's Magnificat, Coffee Cantata and Mass in B minor, Handel's Messiah, Samson and Semele, Haydn's Stabat Mater and The Creation, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht. Recent engagements include performing Doctor Grenvil in a concert production of La traviata (Brisbane Festival). Upcoming engagements: Zuniga in Carmen (Opera Queensland), Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, title role in The Marriage of Figaro (Victorian Opera)

KALUDI KALUDOW as Macduff
Background: Born in Varna (Bulgaria). Studied at the State Academy of Music in Sofia. Made his stage debut as Alfredo Germont in La traviata for Sofia National Opera. Launched his international career in 1984 which has seen him perform with some of the greatest singers of our time including Mirella Freni, Ghena Dimitrova, Placido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Renato Bruson, Sherrill Milnes, Piero Cappuccilli, Samuel Ramey and Giorgio Zancanaro. Currently resides in Bulgaria where he is a soloist with Sofia National Opera and Rousse State Opera. Also teaches singing at Sofia University. Engagements/Australia: Gustavus III in A Masked Ball (Opera Queensland and State Opera of South Australia). International: Foresto in Attila (La Scala, Teatro La Fenice and in Japan and Bulgaria), Dimitri in Boris Godunov (in Chicago and Houston), Radamès in Aida (Berlin State Opera, in Philadelphia, Korea and Poland, and with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (in Rome and Buenos Aires), Cavaradossi in Tosca (German State Opera and in Dresden, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Estonia and Poland), Manrico in Il trovatore (Hamburg State Opera), Macduff in Macbeth (Vienna State Opera and in Florence), Rodolfo in La bohème (in Barcelona and Tokyo), title role in Andrea Chénier (Theatro Municipal São Paulo and in Amsterdam), Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut (La Scala, Teatro Massimo di Palermo and in Trieste and Nant), Lefebvre in Madame Sans-Gêne (in Zurich), Gustavus III in Un ballo in maschera (Sofia National Opera and in Copenhagen and Dresden), Erik in The Flying Dutchman (in Spain), Alvaro in La forza del destino, Canio in Pagliacci (Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland), Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana (Dalhalla Opera Festival in Sweden), Paolo in Francesca da Rimini (in Amsterdam), Arrigo in I vespri siciliani (in Palermo), Enzo in Gioconda (Theatro Municipal São Paulo), Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (Sofia National Opera and in Japan), Calaf in Turandot (in Finland and Bulgaria), title role in Don Carlos (in Finland and Bulgaria), Don Alvaro in La forza del destino (in Poland), Pollione in Norma (in Estonia). Concert engagements: Verdi's Requiem (in Finland). Also performed in concerts in Vienna, Poland, Hamburg and Bulgaria. Recordings: Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina and Borodin's Prince Igor (Sony Classic Label), Puccini's Manon Lescaut (Naxos), Janáček's Glagolitic Mass and Rachmaninoff's The Bells (Decca). Video recording of La Scala's 1991 production of Attila under the direction of Riccardo Muti (Videora Label).

VIRGILIO MARINO as Malcolm
Background
: Studied piano at the Australian Institute of Music and voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Attended Mannes College of Music in New York (2000). Recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Award and the Tenor Award in the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge. For Opera Queensland: Spoletta in Tosca, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Harry in The Girl of the Golden West, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, Jaquino in Fidelio, Gastone in La traviata, Pong in Turandot, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Borsa in Rigoletto (understudied the role of Duke of Mantua in the same production which he performed on Opening Night). Understudied Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Tamino in The Magic Flute. Performed in the concert production The Food of Love. Member of the Young Artist Program (2006). Other engagements/Australia: Harry in La fanciulla del West and understudied Greenhorn in Moby Dick (State Opera of South Australia), Howard Boucher in Dead Man Walking (State Theatre in Sydney), Alfredo Germont in La traviata (Majestic Theatre in Pomona), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Simply Opera). International: Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Southern Opera in New Zealand), Fenton in Falstaff, Prunier in La rondine and understudied Alfredo Germont in La traviata (Mannes College of Music in New York), Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, title role in Oberon and understudied the role of Oronte in Alcina (Theater Regensburg in Germany). Appeared in Petite Messe Solennelle with students from Teatro alla Scala's Academy of Performing Arts. Concert repertoire: Verdi's Requiem, Enescu's Vox Maris, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Schütz's Christmas Oratorio, Mozart's Mass in C minor. Engagements include performing at Victorian Opera's Gala Concert, the Victor Chang Charity Concert, the Italian Republic Day Concert, the Miss Italy Quest, Opera in the Vineyard, Opera at Brookfield and singing the national anthem at the Queensland Cricket Ground. Recent engagements include performing Gastone in a concert production of La traviata (Brisbane Festival). Upcoming engagements: Performing in the New Year's Eve Queensland Pops Orchestra concert.

EMILY BURKE as Lady in Waiting
Background
: Studied at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor of Music. Studied Language and Voice at the Milan Conservatory. Recipient of the Puccini Foundation Award (2010). Finalist in San Francisco Merola Program (2010 and 2011). Competitor in the Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw, Poland (2007). Named an Australia Day Ambassador (2008). Selected to take part in a masterclass in Italy with internationally-renowned soprano Mirella Freni. Runner-up in the ABC TV series Operatunity Oz, which led to her singing the role of Gilda in a special performance of Rigoletto (for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House). For Opera Queensland: Despina in Così fan tutte, Giannetta (and understudied Adina) in The Elixir of Love, Dame Nellie Melba in Waltzing Our Matilda. Understudied Gilda in Rigoletto, First Lady and First Wise Woman in The Magic Flute, Marzelline in Fidelio. Performed at Sunset Opera. Performed in the Chorus of The Magic Flute, La traviata, Fidelio. Member of the Young Artist Program (2008 and 2009). Other engagements/Australia: Understudied Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw (Victorian Opera). International: Anna in Nabucco (in Tokyo). Concert engagements: Opera Gala (Queensland Symphony Orchestra), Summer Concert Series (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl), Opera Australia's 50th Birthday Celebrations, National Gallery of Australia's 25th Anniversary Celebrations. Recordings: Operatunity Oz (ABC Classics). Upcoming engagements: Pitti-Sing in a new production of The Mikado, Frasquita in Carmen (Opera Queensland).

GUY BOOTH as Doctor
Background: Studied at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University graduating with a Bachelor of Music (2006). Also studied in New York (with Neil Semer) and in Germany. Winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Award (2002), South East Queensland Aria and Concerto Competition (2007), National Lieder Competition (2007). Finalist in San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program (2007). Recipient of the Donald Penman Prize (2003), Jeffrey Black Scholarship (2004). For Opera Queensland: Gaoler (and understudied Sacristan) in Tosca, Happy in The Girl of the Golden West, Second Armed Man in The Magic Flute, Peter Dawson in Waltzing Our Matilda. Understudied Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Marullo in Rigoletto, Vicomte Cascada in The Merry Widow. Member of the Chorus since 2003, performing in Tosca, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, Turandot, Rigoletto, The Elixir of Love, The Merry Widow, Aida. Member of the Young Artist Program (2008 to 2010). Other engagements: Papageno in The Magic Flute (Co-Opera with performances in Australia, Germany and Switzerland). Concert repertoire: Verdi's Requiem, Bach's St Matthew Passion. Engagements include Sunset Opera, Music Beneath the Stars, Opera in the Park, A Night at the Opera and appearing with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Also performed in concerts in Germany (for Ars Musica Australis). Upcoming engagements: Moralès in Carmen and understudying Pish-Tush in The Mikado (Opera Queensland).

NICHOLAS BRAITHWAITE - Conductor
Background
: Born in London. Completed his formal musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music, at the Festival masterclasses in Bayreuth and with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. Has held positions as Music Director and Chief Conductor of Stora Teatern (in Göteborg, Sweden), Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera (UK), Associate Principal Conductor of English National Opera, Principal Conductor of the Manchester Camerata and the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Associate Conductor to Constantin Silvestri of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. For Opera Queensland: Tosca. Engagements: Has appeared with the Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, Aarhus Symphony, Aalborg Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Danish National Radio Symphony, Collegium Musicum Copenhagen and the Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. Has conducted more than 70 different operas with many of the premier opera companies around the world including the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Norwegian Opera and NBR New Zealand Opera. Toured Japan and Korea with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Associate Conductor to Sir Georg Solti. Was also a frequent guest conductor for all the major orchestras in the UK (both in concert and on recordings). Recordings: Shostakovich's Symphony No 8 (with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - ABC Classics), Wordsworth's Symphonies Nos 2 and 3 (with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which won the 1991 Record of the Year Award from Gramophone Magazine), Henry Wood's orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition (with the London Philharmonic Orchestra) and Coleridge Taylor's Violin Concerto (with Lorraine MacAslan and the London Philharmonic). Has conducted many recordings with leading international orchestras including London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, with soloists such as Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Simon Preston. His recording of Flute Concertos with Alexa Still and the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a 1992 Grammy Award. In 2000, recorded a CD of orchestral music by Swedish composer Franz Berwald. Also recorded Shostakovich's Symphonies Nos 6, 7 and 9 (with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra which is due to be released).
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