Verdi's Macbeth

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

We open the summer season of broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Verdi's Macbeth. Vaulting ambition, bloody betrayal, murder most foul--it's all here as mighty Verdi synthesizes the Bard's greatest moments, bringing laser-like focus to every character's soul with searing, powerful music. Expect raw emotion and adrenalin-laced performances from Lyric stars, all part of a new production from Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Barbara Gaines. Leading in the title role is baritone Thomas Hampson, while making her eagerly awaited Chicago Lyric debut is Nadja Michael as Lady Macbeth.

 

CAST:

Macbeth - Thomas Hampson
Lady Macbeth - Nadja Michael
Macduff - Leonardo Capalbo
Banquo - Stefan Kocán
Lady in Waiting - Carter Scott
Malcolm - Konstantin Stepanov
Servant/Assassin/Herald/Doctor - Sam Handley
First Apparition - Evan Boyer
Second Apparition - Jennifer Jakob
Third Apparition - Amanda Majeski

CONDUCTOR: Renato Palumbo
STAGE DIRECTOR: Barbara Gaines
LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Donald Nally

Comments [3]

Concetta Nardone from Elmont, NY

What a glorious combination, Shakespeare and Verdi. I have the recording with Leo Nucci and Shirley Verett but wanted to listen to this performance as well. I hope the Lyric of Chicago did not turn this production to something really loopy like the Met production.Lady Macbeth walking on chairs during her mad scene and the opera looked like it was set in Yugoslavia. Verdi wrote in bagpipe music for this opera.SCOTLAND GUYS. Ah yes, Peppino, bless you. He rewrote this opera three or four times and what a masterpiece he produced. I am eagerly awaiting Macduff's aria, The Paternal hand could not protect you. Also, Macbeth's Love Honor Respect. Only curses, not loud but deep. Wow. Bravo to everyone.

May. 28 2011 02:27 PM
Ted Brown from Show Low, AZ

As I recall, the great recording of Macbeth from yesteryear featured Leonard Warren.
They don't make baritones like that anymore, as much as I love Thomas.

May. 28 2011 12:41 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from BOONTON, NJ

THOMAS HAMPSON should be a compelling, vocally, musically, and vocally MACBETH. Lady Macbeth's role is a
tour de force. Nadja Michael, you have our best wishes in this" killer" role. Kudos for all involved in this early Verdi masterpiece.

May. 28 2011 11:32 AM

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