The Met Streams Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’

Wednesday, July 22
Verdi’s Macbeth ~ 2Hrs 35Mins
Starring Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Pittas, Željko Lučić, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From January 12, 2008.

The Met’s second outing for this particular production of Verdi’s Macbeth once again features Željko Lučić in the title role, but instead of Netrebko, Calleja and Pape, we now have Guleghina, Pittas and Relyea. The plot may be focused on the eponymous Scottish king, but Verdi’s operatic take on Shakespeare’s drama features three powerhouse arias for Lady Macbeth (“Vieni t’affretta,” – urging Macbeth to murder Duncan, “La luce langue,” praising the power of darkness to hide the next murders of Banquo and his son, and “Una macchia è qui tuttora!”- trying to clean the blood spots from her hands as she sleepwalks) making it a signature showpiece for sopranos who are at the very top of their game. Guleghina may not be as well known as Netrebko, but she is very well known for singing powerhouse soprano roles at the Met, including Lady Macbeth and Turandot. Drawing equally on vocal virtuosity and dramatic heft, this version of the chilling tale of intrigue and power will certainly keep you involved for all four murderous acts.

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