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 scenography. The outcome is a set design 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 a room for a king.


Trough the addition of shadows the room in which the play is set becomes more and more abstracted as the plot unfolds. Then, nature is brought into the space. It gets filled with shadows from the natural world which makes inside and outside become one. The longer the play goes on, the more enclosed the space becomes.


Macbeth (Verdi)



2012 Grand Theatre Geneva

2016 Grand Theatre del Licey Barcelona



Set design



Christof Loy (Director)

Ingo Metzmatcher (Musical Director)

Ursula Renzenbrink (Costume) Thomas Wilhelm, (Choreography)

Bernd Purkrabek (Light)

Yvonne Gebauer (Dramaturgy)


In Jonas Dahlberg Studio

Anders Hellström (Scenography assistant 2012),

Johanna Fager (Architect 2016)



Grand Théâtre de Genève, Geneva, 2012; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2016