The opera about the nobleman Macbeth, who is obsessed with power, and his wife, Lady Macbeth, strong-willed and determined to remain in control, was Verdi’s first musical composition based on a Shakespeare drama. David Pountney, who is well known for his unconventional staging ideas, gives it a strong, concentrated visual impact with overtones that send the mind spinning in many directions. The power of superstition (or perhaps of the supernatural) is one of this opera's primary subtexts, and it is presented with eerie impact.
Also musically, this is an exemplary performance. Thomas Hampson sings an exceptional Macbeth and Paoletta Marrocu - vocally as well as dramatically - seems to be born for this role. They are well supported, most notably by Roberto Scanduzzi as Banco, and Luis Lima as Macduff. Franz Welser-Most conducts the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera with a keen ear for dramatic tension.
This spectacular festival première of the Opera House Zurich has been published on DVD and includes elaborated interviews with David Pountney, Franz Welser-Möst and the key cast.