Black, red, cream and gold are the colours that define Phyllida Lloyds Royal Opera House staging of Verdis robust, yet penetrating setting of Shakespeares Scottish play. Manipulated by a whole coven of cunning, scarlet-turbanned witches, the characters often evoke figures in a splendid Gothic fresco. With Simon Keenlyside making his British debut, as an athletic, brooding Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as his Lady, both imperious and subtle, this performance, masterfully conducted by Antonio Pappano, goes far beyond mere sound and fury. This production went out LIVE to cinema screens around the world.
an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling. --The Guardian
Keenlyside provides an imaginative realization of Macbeth's weak and increasingly fragmented character, sung with distinction. A bold and determined musical realization. --Opera,Apr'12