Opera & Musical Theater

Opera Cheat Sheet: Macbeth

A quick overview of the Verdi classic, Saturday’s noon opera broadcast on Classical 91.7


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In this Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth.

First staged in Florence in 1847, Macbeth was Verdi's tenth opera and his first stab at adapting Shakespeare for the musical theatre stage.

A tragedy set in medieval Scotland, Macbeth is a cautionary tale about what can happen to a marriage when three witches dangle the carrot of absolute power in front of you!

Tune in to Houston Public Media's Classical 91.7 Saturday, November 7th at noon to hear the Glimmerglass Festival Opera broadcast of Macbeth featuring Eric Owens in the title role.

[The opera excerpts heard in this OCS are taken from a 1976 release on the EMI Classics label featuring Riccardo Muti conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus with Sherrill Milnes as Macbeth; Fiorenza Cossotto as Lady Macbeth; and José Carreras as Macduff (CMS 7 64339 2)]


The Weird Sisters or The Three Witches, Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) Public domain
The Weird Sisters or The Three Witches, Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) Public domain