Director Adrian Noble calls Macbeth, "the greatest story Verdi ever told." The composer's longstanding affinity for Shakespeare is explored in Noble's powerful new production of this gripping work, conducted by James Levine. The ferocious couple is portrayed by baritone Zeljko Lucic in the towering title role and soprano Maria Guleghina as his ruthless wife. Rising star John Relyea and the magnificent René Pape share the role of the doomed Banquo. In later performances, Carlos Alvarez and Lado Ataneli sing the title role, and Andrea Gruber plays Lady Macbeth.