Macbeth Premium27 February 2014 | by Robert Thicknesse
Macbeth was Verdi’s first grown-up opera. After the artillery bombardments of Ernani and Nabucco, the 33-year-old composer for the first time flexed his muscles as a true musical dramatist, bending the structures of opera to the demands of real theatre. And having idolised Shakespeare from his youth (though he knew the works only in a most debased form: prose translations that reliably misunderstood most of Shakespeare’s metaphors, made egregious insertions and constantly mistook the tone of the writing), he produced one of the most faithful and powerful of all Shakespearean operas when commissioned by the Teatro della Pergola in Florence in 1846.Cunningly, he slipped it in beneath the guard of a Florentine public for whom the new “genere fantastico”, represen
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