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בר ניווט לשוניות

Giuseppe Verdi

The Scottish tyrant and his crown thirsty wife rule with daggers and assassins in order to preserve the throne. Mysterious witches play with destinies in Verdi’s first Shakespearean opera.

From the repertoire | Sung in Italian | Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes


Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave


Conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak  17.5, 19.5, 20.5, 21.5, 22.5, 23.5, 25.5, 26.5, 27.5
Yuval Zorn  28.5
Director Jean-Claude Auvray  
Choreographer Yoram Karmi    
Set & Costume Designer             Kenny MacLellan  
Lighting Designer Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)  

Among the soloists:

Macbeth Lucio Gallo  17.5, 20.5, 22.5, 26.5, 28.5 
Vittorio Vitelli  19.5, 21.5, 23.5, 25.5, 27.5
Lady Macbeth                    Maria Pia Piscitelli  17.5, 19.5, 21.5, 23.5, 26.5, 28.5
Ira Bertman  20.5, 22.5, 25.5, 27.5
Banco Riccardo Zanellato  17.5, 19.5, 21.5, 23.5, 26.5, 28.5
  Gocha Datusani­  20.5, 22.5, 25.5, 27.5
McDuff Gaston Rivero  17.5, 20.5, 22.5, 25.5, 27.5
Salvatore Cordella  19.5, 21.5, 23.5, 26.5, 28.5
Malcolm   Eitan Drori   17.5, 21.5, 22.5, 23.5, 25.5,  26.5, 27.5, 28.5
  Gitai Fisher  19.5, 20.5
Doctor    Yair Polishook  
Lady-in-waiting to Lady Macbeth         Anat Czarny  17.5, 20.5, 21.5, 22.5, 23.5, 25.5, 26.5, 27.5
  Efrat Vulfsons  19.5, 28.5
Murderer Gabriel Lowenheim  
Servant Gabriel Lowenheim  
Apparitions Anatoli Krasik   
  Tali Ketzef   17.5, 20.5, 21.5, 22.5, 23.5, 25.5, 28.5
    Galina Benevich  19.5, 26.5, 27.5
  Tal Ganor     17.5, 19.5, 20.5, 21.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5
    Galina Benevich  22.5, 23.5, 25.5
 Fleance  Michael Hasson  17.5, 19.5, 22.5, 23.5, 26.5
   Noam Michael Tal  20.5, 21.5, 25.5, 27.5, 28.5

The Israeli Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Ethan Schmeisser

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion
English & Hebrew Surtitles
Translation:  Israel Ouval

*PREMIÈRE - TUE, 17.5.16, 20:00


Ticket Price  


PREMIÈRE 210, 280, 345, 420, 470 NIS
SUN-FRI 190, 252, 319, 388, 438 NIS
SAT   207, 269, 334, 404, 453 NIS


Act I
After a victorious campaign against rebel forces, Macbeth and Banquo, generals in the army of King Duncan of Scotland, meet a group of witches, who hail Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor and future king, Banquo as father of kings thereafter. Messengers from Duncan approach, proclaiming Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor, thus fulfilling the prophecy. Amazed at this turn of events, Macbeth muses on his chances of becoming king.
Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband describing his meeting with the witches. Exulting in the pros¬pect of power, she vows to add her own cunning and boldness to Macbeth's ambition. When a servant brings word that the king will spend the night in the castle, she invokes powers of darkness to achieve her aims. Macbeth enters, and his wife persuades him to murder Duncan that night. Duncan arrives, retiring at once. Macbeth, dreading his task, imagines a dagger before his eyes. As a night bell sounds he steals into the royal chamber. Lady Macbeth meets her husband as he staggers from the room, telling her the deed is done. She coolly takes the dagger from his trembling hands and goes to smear blood on the royal guards, who have been drugged.
Macduff and Banquo enter, discover the murder and summon the entire court. 

Act II
Malcolm has fled to England for safety. Macbeth and his wife plot the murder of Banquo and his son, to prevent him gaining the crown as the witches prophesied. A group of assassins awaits Banquo and kill him, but his son Fleance escapes. At a state banquet, Lady Macbeth toasts her guests in a drinking song. Macbeth, secretly informed of the murder of Banquo, complains to the assembly of his absence. Suddenly, to the guests' astonishment, he imagines that he sees the general's ghost in front of him.
Lady Macbeth chides her husband, and he momentarily regains his calm, but Banquo’s phantom continues to haunt him, and the guests com¬ment on his behavior. Macbeth decides to go and question the witches.

Macbeth visits the witches to learn his fate and is confronted with several apparitions. The first tells him to beware of Macduff; the second, a bloody child, assures him no man “of woman born” can harm him; finally a crowned child reveals that Macbeth will rule invincible till Birnam Woods march against him. Comforted, he asks the witches if Banquo's sons will ever reign in Scotland; in reply they invoke the spirits of eight kings, who pass before the terrified Macbeth. Last of the line is Banquo, holding a mirror that re¬flects the other kings. Macbeth loses consciousness and the witches disappear. Lady Macbeth finds him, and the couple vows to kill all enemies.

Act IV
Near Birnam Woods Scottish refugees bewails their oppressed home¬land, caught in the grip of Macbeth's tyranny and mourn their families. Macduff, grieving over his murdered wife and children, is joined by Duncan's son Malcolm; they order their soldiers to cut branches from the trees as camouflage for an attack against  Macbeth's forces.
A Doctor and a Lady-in-Waiting observe the guilt-wracked Lady Mac¬beth as she wanders in her sleep, wiping imaginary blood from her hands. In her delirium she confesses her crimes and those of her husband.
Macbeth clings to the hope he can withstand the forces of Malcolm and Macduff, but curses his fate. Word of his wife's death reaches him. Messengers bring the astounding news that Birnam Woods is advancing. Macbeth leads some of his men to battle. Macduff seeks out Macbeth and exclaiming that he is not “a woman born” of woman but torn pre¬maturely from his mother's womb, kills the tyrant. A chorus of exultation salutes the death of the usurper and the ascent of the throne by Malcolm, the new king.

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera
Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience


Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events. 

Towards Opening

On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.

Pre Performance Lecture

One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is 
free for ticket holders. 

Pre Performance Back Stage Tours

What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance (sarah@tapac.org.il)

Opera Talkback

The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website.   


Day           Date              Hour       Back stage tours      Opera Talkbacks
*TUE 17.5.16 20:00
THU 19.5.16 20:00 After the show
FRI 20.5.16 13:00
SAT 21.5.16 21:00
SUN 22.5.16 20:00 18:30 After the show
MON 23.5.16 20:00 18:30
WED 25.5.16 20:00 After the show
THU 26.5.16 20:00 18:30 After the show
FRI 27.5.16 13:00 18:30
SAT 28.5.16 21:00
SUN 29.5.16 20:00

*PREMIÈRE - TUE, 17.5.16, 20:00

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