Red as desire, #rossodesiderio, is the theme for the 2019 Macerata Opera Festival, conveyed by jealousy, power and possession in Carmen, Macbeth and Rigoletto respectively.
The 55th edition of the festival will open with a new production of Georges Bizet‘s masterpiece, to be staged on 19-28 July and 3-10 August. The festival Music Director Francesco Lanzillotta will conduct the orchestra, whereas Jacopo Spirei, one of the greatest Italian talents in the 40-to-50 age range, will be stage director.
Two extremely successful productions of Verdi‘s outstanding works complete the programme: Macbeth, directed by award-winning director Emma Dante, is a co-production of the Macerata Opera Festival and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In 2017, it was awarded the Herald Angel Award in Edinburgh. Macbeth will be staged on 20-26 July and on 4 August, with Francesco Ivan Ciampa as orchestra conductor.
Rigoletto is back at the Sferisterio with a brilliant, widely-acclaimed production first staged in 2015 and directed by Federico Grazzini. In 2019, the orchestra will be conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, with performances on 21-27 July, and 2-9 August.