Met Opera: Netrebko Soars in the Hurly-Burly of Verdi's "Macbeth"

September 25, 2014 4:30 PM

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Met Opera: Netrebko Soars in the Hurly-Burly of Verdi's "Macbeth"

Raw lust for power dominates the Met Opera's stirring modernistic production of Verdi's Macbeth, which returned to the house last night with Anna Netrebko giving a soaring bravura performance as Lady Macbeth and Zelijko Lucic in a commanding portrayal of the doomed Scottish king.

From the opening crash of chords, the conductor Fabio Luisi and the always splendid Met orchestra create a sense of tragic foreboding in this early Verdi work that marked a turning point in his career, away from the simple melodic lyricism of his earlier efforts toward real dramatic opera that bared...

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