Matinee broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 7, with a performance of Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, with additions by Andrea Maffei, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The broadcast will run approximately three hours and ten minutes. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Macbeth, which had its debut at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence in March of 1847, was Verdi's tenth opera and the first of his adaptions of Shakespeare's plays for the operatic stage. Almost twenty years later, Verdi revised and expanded Macbeth in a French version, which was first performed in Paris in April of 1865. In Verdi's capable hands, Macbeth remains a classic tale of the corruption of an ambitious man.