BANKET, The Revenge on the Macbeths

BANKET, The Revenge on the Macbeths

I'm very proud to present my first scenography.

This musical theatre production by Opera Vlaanderen for kids explores questions about rage, fear and resentment. Where do the roots of evil come from? What does it mean to take revenge? How can I contend with the world outside that is often dark and unfair?

With elements from Shakespeare's masterful play and Verdi's musical masterpiece, Tom Goossens and composer Mathias Coppens have created a radical adaptation for children ages 9 and up. Their work is based on classical musical structures, rooted in a theatrical language taken from opera. A female vocalist, Zofia Hanna plays the role of Lady Macbeth, and an actor, Bert Dobbelaere plays Macbeth. The Opera Vlaanderen Children's Chorus performs all other roles.

About the story:

Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth leave a child behind, presumed dead. Just as in Verdi's opera Macbeth, the ghost of the murdered Banco appears to his murderers during a festive banquet, in this spooky adaptation, a group of mysterious children appear to the Macbeths and swear revenge. The sumptuous banquet thus devolves into a creepy nightmare in which a group of children take revenge on the wicked world of the adults.

Team

Libretto and staging

Tom Goossens

Composer

Mathias Coppens

Original composition

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor

Michiel Delanghe

Set

Conrad Willems

Costumes

Miet Van Stichel

Lighting

Roel Van Berckelaer

Dramaturgy

Koen Bollen

Orchestra

deCompagnie

Cast

Lady Macbeth

Zofia Hanna

Mister Macbeth

Bert Dobbelaere

Childrens' Choir

Kinderkoor Opera Vlaanderen

Photography: Cedric Verhelst

Co-production with Muziektheater Transparant

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