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The Operatic Moods of Lady Macbeth
Operatic Moods Handout


Story & Setting:

Power, superstition, and political intrigue abound in Verdi's setting of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the composer's first of many adaptations. In the current production by Adrian Noble, the lead couple's plotting takes place in a dark and vaguely contemporary setting.

Opera Notes:

Originally composed early in his career, Verdi later revised the score for Macbeth nearly 20 years later, and considered it one of the most important works in his legacy. Of particular note is Verdi's use of a female chorus in place of the three witches, adding an element of Greek tragedy to the opera. The quintessential Italian operatic "mad scene" showcases Lady Macbeth's famous "out, damn spot" sleepwalking scene to showstopping effect. 

Sung in



2 hours & 50 minutes

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


"Vieni, t'affretta" (Anna Netrebko)

Met Opera (current production)

Act I Finale - Maria Guleghina & Željko Lučić

Met Opera (current production)

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