Verdi: Macbeth *****
Metropolitan Opera, 24th September 2014
On a triumphant opening night of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera, a smattering of boos resounded. The intended recipient? Adrian Noble, returning to direct this second revival of his 2007 staging. The reason? Who knows. There’s nothing offensive or even mildly controversial about the updated setting, which depicts a war-torn country ripping itself apart, the militia led by a rising star general. Glamorous frocks and black tie are dress code for the celebrations chez Macbeth, while there is humour in the frumpy, cardigan-clad witches, swinging handbags in time to the music.
Read the full review on Bachtrack.