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The witches tell fortunes: Macbeth will be King, Banquo will beget Kings. Macbeth helps the agenda by murdering King Duncan; and, what the heck, Banquo, too. Macbeth takes the crown, Lady Macbeth hosts a dinner; Banquo crashes the event.

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Episode credited cast:
Zeljko Lucic ...
Macbeth
John Relyea ...
Banquo
Maria Guleghina ...
Lady Macbeth
Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs ...
Lady-in-waiting to Lady Macbeth
Richard Hobson ...
A Servant of Macbeth
Raymond Renault ...
Duncan, King of Scotland
Russell Thomas ...
Malcolm, Duncan's Son
Dimitri Pittas ...
Macduff, Thane of Fife
Adam Hauser Piñeiro ...
Fleance, Banquo's Son
Keith Miller ...
A Murderer
Ashley Emerson ...
A Bloody Child
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A Crowned Child
Joseph Turi ...
A Herald
James Courtney ...
A Doctor
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The witches tell fortunes: Macbeth will be King, Banquo will beget Kings. Macbeth helps the agenda by murdering King Duncan; and, what the heck, Banquo, too. Macbeth takes the crown, Lady Macbeth hosts a dinner; Banquo crashes the event.

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13 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Remade as The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Verdi: Macbeth (2014) See more »

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Intelligent and Ungimmicky
21 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

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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