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Moshinsky's gripping 1847 Macbeth opens in Buxton

The opening night of the Buxton International Festival saw the premiere of Elijah Moshinsky's "fresh" and "gripping" new production of the original 1847 version of Verdi's Macbeth.

"Moshinsky’s brilliantly vivid production maintains a near-unbearable level of tension which grips, and holds us, until the opera’s last note. An unspecific, ageless setting never distracts us with gimmicky detailing, allowing the eternal horror of Macbeth’s treachery, and the psychological disintegration of both Macbeths, full scope on stage; we could be anywhere for this timeless tragedy, though Moshinsky gives an occasional nod to modernity with jackboots, the odd t-shirt and subtle hints of drug use."

The cast stars Stephen Gadd as Macbeth, Kate Ladner as Lady Macbeth, Oleg Tsibulko as Banco and Jung Soo Yun as Macduff. Conducted by Stephen Barlow with sets by Russel Craig and video by Stanley Orwin-Fraser - performances continue throughout July. 

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