Macbeth in 1606. Two centuries after, in 1847, a man called Verdi wrote an
Opera based on the British playwrite´s work.That is what we call a propper
«classic», a play that, despite the time, is still interesting, moreover it
can even get better as time goes by and encourages other artists to redo it
even from different artistic points of view. The topics Macbeth is developed
around -power, ambition, betrayal- are nowadays as interesting or even more
than in the actual time when the play was written.The Teatro Real will offer
between the 2nd and 23rd of December 9 performances of Verdi´s Macbeth. The
Russian scene director Dimitri Tcherniakov and the Greek composer and
conductor Teodor Currentzis have been in charge of the staging.The British
audience, as oposed to the Spanish one, keeps a less tormented relationship
with their classics and do not hesitate in freely adapting their masterpieces
– even Shakespeare´s- in ways that would be considered «shocking» here.
Britons consider classics are there to perform and experiment with their
work.Despite not being British, Tcherniakov follows that line having, for
example, turned the witches in the play on «eveyday real characters, just
normal people» able to «tempt, handle and play» with the main character.We
were determined to start using our press pass and get tickets, but Gerard
Mortier´s words -El Real´s artistic director- have pushed us a step back.
«The staging has been created for an inteligent audience».Dammit… we can
not go anymore.