Verdi's Macbeth



2012, 2016


Set design

Christof Loy (Director), Ingo Metzmatcher (Musical Director), Ursula Renzenbrink (Costume). Thomas Wilhelm, (Choreography), Bernd Purkrabek (Light), Yvonne Gebauer (Dramaturgy)


Anders Hellström (Scenography assistant, 2012), Johanna Fager (Assisting architect, 2016)


Grand Théâtre de Genève, Geneva (2012), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, (2016).

Jonas Dahlberg

In 2012 the Grand Théâtre de Genève presented a production of Verdi’s opera Macbeth under the direction of Christof Loy, who invited me to create the concept for the set design. I proposed a concept that resembles a black and white film, where scenography, costumes, make-up and theatrical lighting all are reduced to the grey scale spectrum. Key references for the concept are Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Rebecca, and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr, which are used to dive into the dark and psychological intimacy of the characters.

Instead of following the scenes literally the play is conceptually set inside Macbeth’s head – a sort of psychological space visualizing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s inner world. In the beginning the room is filled with ambition, which the three witches plant in Macbeth’s mind. You will be king. The room is enormous and made for someone with the ambition of becoming a king.

At times the addition of shadows of trees and leaves are introduced into the room. Inside and outside become one while the space gets abstracted, confused and enclosed by the shadows that takes over the space.