Update: Zeljko Lucic will actually sing the role of Macbeth after all. The Met sent out a press release late Friday saying Lado Ataneli is, "indisposed."
The credits barely rolled on Hansel & Gretel last Sunday, and the Metropolitan Opera’s Live HD broadcasts are already gearing up for another weekend with the company’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth.
This will be Shakespeare-based opera from the perspective of an
honest-to-goodness Shakespearian theater master, British director Adrian Noble.
He was the director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1991 to 2003, where
he directed Macbeth twice, and he has several
I was in New York the opening night of this production, and tickets were available. But I chose to stay with the group I was with instead of peeling off to see the show. Riding to the airport, I read Anthony Tommasini's New York Times review, and wanted to kick myself for not following my instinct. It's not that Tommasini gave it a total rave, but he conveyed some interesting things about the approach and the musicianship that made it sound like a great night in the theater. The HD broadcast won't totally make up for not being there, but it's a nice second chance.
Showtime is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, in Central Kentucky at the Regal Hamburg Pavilion, Lexington Green Movies 8 and Richmond Mall Cinema 8 and the encore is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lexington Green and Richmond Mall.