Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Premiered on November 23, 2012 at the Theatro Municipal, São Paulo, Brazil
Premiered on February 5, 2013 at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Italy

Macbeth is like a prism: it contains many different facets. That’s what makes it interesting. It’s a very dark subject, full of violence. And it’s a tragedy. It’s very complex. Verdi’s opera is very precise. There is not a single superfluous word or note in it. It is highly concentrated. To allow its strength to come forward, you must be very careful not to tell a million things at a time. It has to be simple. You have to focus. Then, the complexity can unfold. It’s not that there is no meaning; it’s all full of meaning. There is a quote from Shakespeare’s play that strikes me; Verdi has incorporated it in his opera. It’s the moment when Macbeth is told that his wife has died. Here is his reaction:
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more: it is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.
— Robert Wilson

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