Music and Macbeth: Verdi’s absorbing opera comes to Tring

Graham Lawder-Stone, who plays Banquo, pictured in last year's production of Faust
Graham Lawder-Stone, who plays Banquo, pictured in last year's production of Faust

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a familiar theatrical take on a blood-spattered period in Scottish history.

But the cautionary tale of vaunting ambition punished also inspired Italian composer Guissepe Verdi.

Verdi often turned to the Bard’s work for inspiration during his long career, also creating operas based on Othello and the character of Falstaff.

Aylesbury Opera Group will be presenting a full production of Verdi’s Macbeth – hailed as one of the most remarkable combinations of great drama and great music ever created – at Tring’s Court Theatre next month.

The work will be sung in English and performed in costume, accompanied by orchestra.

The combination of Verdi’s powerful and glorious score and the familiar dramatic story is a surefire draw, with baritone Chris Marlow taking the title role and the electrifying soprano Demelza Stafford his demanding but doomed wife.

There are several fantastic set pieces involving full chorus, notably the Act II finale in which the ghost of Banquo haunts Macbeth at his triumphal banque.

And a strong cast has been assembled to give full weight to the music and spectacle.

Alison Marshall directs this dark, intense piece and musical director Anthony McCarthy conducts.

Performances are on Wednesday, March 5, and the following Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm

Tickets are £13.50 (concessions £12.50) and available now from the box office on 07543 560 478 or online at www.courttheatre.co.uk.

You can also buy them from Beechwood Fine Foods in Frogmore Street, Tring during normal business hours (cash or cheque only)