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Utah Opera’s Macbeth 


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Giuseppe Verdi’s classic Macbeth is a perfect way for Utah Opera to open its 2009-10 season (which also includes Carmen, The Italian Girl in Algiers and a couple of one-act Puccinis). One of Verdi’s most beloved operas, it tells the story of perhaps Shakespeare’s strongest female character, Lady Macbeth, and her relentless ambition to kill the current King of Scotland to clear the way for her husband’s ascension to the throne.

Macbeth’s haunting story is driven at a turbulent pace by a riotous score, unveiling just what happens when this brutal couple follow a prophecy proffered from the depths of hell by three witches and their bubbling black cauldron. In an attempt at enlivening the community discussion surrounding this production—conducted by Joseph Rescigno and directed by Stephanie Sundine—Utah Opera will also hold a preview lecture with music scholar Thomas Cimarusti, and post-performance Q&A’s with artistic director Christopher McBeth (no direct relation).

Utah Opera’s Macbeth @ Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Oct. 17, 19, 21, 23, 7:30 p.m., 801-533-NOTE. UtahSymphonyOpera.org

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