Fancy a date night with a difference? It’s hard to beat a night at the opera for romance, drama and emotion, even if the subject is Shakespeare’s gripping but murderous ‘Macbeth’ – ahem – hardly a template for relationship bliss. Then again, who needs hand-holding harmony when marital dysfunction sounds this good?!
One of opera's greatest singers will perform one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies: Plácido Domingo takes to the stage as Macbeth for Giuseppe Verdi's haunting operatic rendition of the Scottish Play at LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The famous Spanish tenor is joined by Russian mezzo-soprano and shining star Ekaterina Semenchuk, who plays the scheming Lady Macbeth in this twisted tale of political ambition gone mad, teaming electrifying vocals with dark energy.
If you don’t know the play, imagine a victorious Scottish general, seduced by witches into believing he will be king. Egged on by his power-hungry wife, he turns to murder to grab the throne, only to find paranoia and fear consume him and corrupt his reign. Written yonks before Freud, the play dramatises the physical and psychological impact of guilt, proving timeless in its scathing critique of power.
Behind the scenes, the creative team includes conductor James Conlon and director Darko Tresnjak (who helmed 2015’s hit ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’), resulting in this intense new three-hour adaptation of the classic thriller. In Italian with projected English subtitles, it’s edge-of-the-seat stuff.
17 Sep–16 Oct, 2016.
Macbeth / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N Grand Ave / Downtown / +1 213 972 8001 / laopera.orgPhotos © Valencia Tato-Baeza