Verdi’s operas are famous for their powerful scenes between lovers, and between fathers and daughters but Macbeth has neither. Instead, Verdi explores the dysfunctional marriage of a middle-aged couple and the corrupting effect of power.
If you’ve only seen Macbeth in its original form, there are significant parallels and dissimilarities between the opera and the play. Much as are there are imaginative cuts and condensations, the action of Shakespeare's play is carefully preserved and followed in the opera. Read more.
"I think it will be a great success, for it is exquisitely funny, and the music is strikingly tuneful and catching."
On December 10, 1879, the composer Arthur Sullivan had written a letter to his mother about the new opera, upon which he was hard at work in New York. "I think it will be a great success, for it is exquisitely funny, and the music is strikingly tuneful and catching." True enough! The Pirates of Penzance was an immediate hit and takes its place today as one of the most popular and enduring works of musical theatre.
New Hampshire Theatre Alliance (NHTA) hosts its 17th Annual Awards Night at Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH on January 19, 2019 at 7PM and presents The 2019 Matty Gregg Award For Vision and Tenacity to Opera North.
In the announcement, NHTA noted, “In a unique partnership with the National Park Service, Opera North, with its ON The Farm at Blow-Me-Down Farm, brings artistic gatherings back to the farmhouse where the Cornish Colony once thrived