This is an intelligent and ungimmicky production from Adrian Noble. Zelyka Lucic is an effective Macbeth. Maria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth sounds a little screechy at the top of her range but has a creamy lower register and a sensational décolletage. The witches are less fun than in most productions I have seen, being handbag-twirling bag ladies with smirched makeup. Sadly, there was no ballet in this production. The witches' ballet is one of the few Verdi ballets worth hearing.
I enjoyed this production more than the ugly Glyndebourne production that I saw last year but it is less memorable than the gimmicky 2001 production from Zurich starring Thomas Hampson.
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