Macbeth - May 2016


Promotional Macbeth Video - click to play

Macbeth teems with madness, the supernatural, and savagely unrestrained passion. Verdi described Shakespeare's Macbeth as 'one of the greatest creations of man'. He took great source material and used it to compose an opera with choruses that range from eerie (the witches) to heart-wrenching (the people of Scotland).

The Macbeth couple are two of the most thrilling leading roles in all of opera. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth burn with ruthless passion but their reign is finally engulfed by their doomed fate.

An opera full of tension combined with the brilliance of Verdi's richly emotional score, it is a production not to be missed!

This new production is traditionally staged and sung in English with professional soloists and orchestra along with the superb Kentish Opera chorus. The cast and orchestra are conducted by
Robyn Sevastos and directed by Terry John Bates, who has worked with English National Opera and Metropolitan Opera. The stunning sets and costumes are created by Enid Strutt and Carol Stevenson, with spectacular lighting by Colin Martin.



Review By Gordon Harris (NODA)

From the dramatic opening scene, which is due to the fabulous costumes by Carol Stevenson, set design by Enid Strutt and lighting by Colin Martin, this "Macbeth" is a splendid production! Every "lead" is strong and there is a thrilling stage presence by all of them.

Macbeth's acting and singing was gripping and wonderful from beginning to end, which is not an easy feat, given the story line.

Kentish Opera never fail (in my eyes) to please their audiences.

With Terry John Bates at the helm again for this production, he always had his chorus singers working the stage and his grouping was just a superb.

I have yet to see a production of Kentish Opera that I can criticize.

Terry John Bates and his crew, including the wonderful orchestra conducted by Robyn Sevastos, all combined to make an unmissable evening of Opera. We should call his team the famous five…

Terry, Robyn, Carol, Enid and Colin.

Thank you Kentish Opera for inviting me. I look forward to your next production.

Gordon Harris

District 5

A Sample of the Dress Rehearsal Photographs




























The photos were taken by Mark Charrington, Ron Harding and Janice Harding of Sevenoaks Camera Club and Andrew Waltham of Kentish Opera.

A CD is also available containing about 300 photos. Contact me if you would like a copy. Higher quality versions of all the photos are also available.