Macbeth in the Swedish Countryside
Last evening, this city girl turned country gal attended the opera in the Swedish countryside. I viewed a HD broadcast sent direct from a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
We saw Shakespeare’s Macbeth, composed by Verdi, with Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic and Rene Pape.
Here is a short synopsis, for anyone not familiar with this opera, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Macbeth (full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power.
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.
What a wonderful evening spent in a tiny theater. The Metropolitan Opera was brought to us in the Swedish countryside. This production was done in modern dress. It was a wonderful fast paced opera with such wonderful voices. Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth was on FIRE ! WOW! Zeljko Lucic was fabulous in the demanding role as Macbeth. René Pape’s presence on stage was as compelling and commanding as always.
Here is the beautiful music:
I must always thank Peter Gelb, the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York for his idea to start the HD worldwide broadcasts, 9 years ago. He brings the wonderful world of opera to the world.