Rosa d’Imperio and Gustavo Ahualli as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth Opera in the Heights Macbeth photo by Amitava Sarkar

Rosa d’Imperio and Gustavo Ahualli as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth in Opera in the Heights “Macbeth.”
Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown—especially when you murdered your predecessor. Set in post-apocalyptic Scotland, viagra 40mg Opera in the Heights’ production of Verdi’s Macbeth captures something new in Shakespeare’s classic from neon purple, health lime, and yellow-wigged witches to shopping carts and barbed wire. Pulled off with passion, Macbeth is the strongest production of Oh!’s season so far.

Macbeth is the third of four Shakespeare-inspired operas in Oh!’s season with Verdi’s Falstaff to close the season in April. Moving away from Shakespeare but still maintaining ambition, Verdi’s La Traviata will open Oh!’s 2013-2014 season, followed by works from Donizetti and Mozart’s great Don Giovanni.

Verdi’s ardent score suited this orchestra, especially the brass section that sounded Macbeth’s tragic doom expertly. Artistic Director and Conductor Enrique Carreón-Robledo continues to bring enthusiasm and pull passion out of the musicians and vocalists. Soprano Rosa D’Imperio (Ruby cast), singing the part of ambitious Lady Macbeth, was commanding in voice and in acting. Moving from a whisper to a full forte, D’Imperio showed amazing dynamic control. Gustavo Ahualli, singing the baritone part of Macbeth, complemented D’Imperio well with a supreme spirit of masculinity amidst Macbeth’s psychological breakdown.

As corpses piled up and merry witches donned lab coats to conjure magical brews, this Macbeth became something altogether different. For a tragedy, it was remarkably pleasant.

—SYDNEY BOYD
Sydney Boyd is a violinist and studies English literature and opera at Rice University.


Verdi’s Macbeth
Opera in the Heights
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