Bailey's adaptation of Verdi's opera Macbeth is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia, the production features a South African cast and examines post-colonial central Africa through an imaginative appropriation of Shakespeare's tale. The story follows Congolese warlord General Macbeth and his ambitious wife, who murder the king and wreak havoc in the war-torn and corrupt landscape of multinational corporations and militias.
All pre-show discussions are free to ticketholders. See the full schedule of discussions below.
The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila
A pre-show talk with Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, professor of African, African American, and diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History, with an introduction by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula.
September 24, 2016
Pre-show talk curated by Opera Philadelphia
September 25, 2016