Thursday, February 21, 2013

VERDI’S “MACBETH” SHOWS REAL MARRIAGE @ BALTIMORE CONCERT OPERA

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth: It's Complicated

Verdi’s Macbeth: A Love Story (for adults)

Shakespeare's works are known for providing insight into human nature and relationships. Which of the playwright's characters come to mind when you think about the nature of love?  Romeo and Juliet?  Benedick and Beatrice? What about Macbeth and his Lady?

Romeo and Juliet tells a story about young love, foolish love. Much Ado About Nothing's Benedick and Beatrice show how passionate anger turns to passionate love. But how often do those relationships last outside the confines of a story? Macbeth shows a real married couple. It portrays a mature and realistic love between two adults. And like a real marriage... it's complicated.

What are the qualities of a good marriage?

  • Communication? Early on, Macbeth tells his wife about his late-night meeting with three women. That shows some very open communication between them! My own wife might not be so understanding if I spent the night with three ladies whose names I didn't even know.
  • Support? As her husband is uncertain of committing a little murder to get ahead in life, Lady Macbeth is immediately sure that her husband up to the challenge and, in the aria Vieni t'affretta, promises, "I shall give you the courage to carry out this bold undertaking." Truly, behind every great man is a great woman!
  • Teamwork? After a long day of plotting and murdering, Macbeth can count on his loving wife to pick up the reigns (or the dagger) and tidy up. Truly, this is a couple that cannot be stopped.

WHEN: March 1 at 7:30 PM & March 3 at 3 PM
WHERE: Grand Ballroom of The Engineers Club, 11 W. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore
TICKETS: Tickets are selling quickly, so act fast!
Buy your tickets for Baltimore Concert Opera's Macbeth today!