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Prospect Recommends: the best opera this month

By Neil Norman   September 2016

Wales Millennium Centre ©Grahamwell

Macbeth

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10th to 24th September

Guiseppe Verdi’s version of Macbeth is stripped down yet faithful to its Shakespearean source. Verdi balances political parable with the human and supernatural elements. The three witches are ramped up into a chorus of hags. The opera spins around the interplay between this unholy trio. Everything in the performance is at the service of character—Verdi urged his Lady Macbeth to produce a sound that was “dark” and “devilish”—one of the first occasions in opera…

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