Minnesota Opera Presents Verdi's MACBETH, 1/25-2/2

Minnesota Opera is pleased to announce its first production of 2014. Verdi's dark-hued Macbeth examines the corrosive consequences of tyranny. At the urging of his wife, Macbeth murders the king to claim the crown. His desperate and deadly reign of terror devastates his country and hastens his doom in this masterwork based upon Shakespeare's classic thriller.

Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley (The Flying Dutchman) makes his long-awaited return as the ambitious and sinister King of Scotland with soprano Brenda Harris (Nabucco) as his scheming wife, Lady Macbeth. American bass-baritone Alfred Walker (The Magic Flute) returns to Minnesota Opera as Banquo, the one-time ally Macbeth betrays in his lust for power, and tenor Harold Meers (La bohème) is Macduff, Lord of Fife and foil to Macbeth. Joel Ivany (Nabucco) directs a new Minnesota Opera production with costumes by Camellia Koo(debut), lighting by Jason Hand (debut) and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis (debut).Michael Christie conducts the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.

What: Macbeth by composer Giuseppe Verdi - sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage

Where: Ordway, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

When: Saturday, January 25, 7:30pm Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm, Thursday, January 30, 7:30pm Saturday, February 01, 8pm, Sunday, February 02, 2pm

Tickets: $20 - $200. Call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612.333.6669, Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, or purchase online at mnopera.org.

Media: An online press kit (available now on Dropbox at mnop.co/mnoperapressroom) includes artist headshots, marketing artwork and other useful resources. Contact Communications Manager Daniel Zillmann to take advantage of the following interview, photo and video opportunities at dress rehearsals at Ordway: Wednesday, January 22, 7:30pm andThursday, January 23, 7:30pm.

Preview: Minnesota Opera hosts its Social Media Preview for bloggers, tweeters and social media savvy individuals on Thursday, January 23, 6pm. Beginning with refreshments and a pre-rehearsal discussion on the Mezzanine Level at Ordway with special guest, Minnesota Opera Music Director Michael Christie, the event continues with exclusive access to the final dress rehearsal of Macbeth. R.S.V.P. online at mnop.co/preview by January 21.

To learn more about Macbeth ...
Please visit mnop.co/macbeth. There you will find casting updates, artist biographies, synopses, background notes, audio and video clips, ticketing services and other company information.

The 2013-2014 Minnesota Opera season is sponsored by Ascent Private Capital Management of U. S. Bank.
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