HOUSTON, TX (December 10, 2012)
Opera in the Heights (Oh!) presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, January 31 through February 10, at Lambert Hall in the Houston Heights, in the third production of its Shakespearean-themed season.
As he returns from battle, Macbeth encounters three witches who prophesy his future. Mystified, he arrives at home where Lady Macbeth has received word that the King will stop for the night at their home that very evening. The ambitious Lady Macbeth begins plotting and encourages her husband to do whatever it takes to gain power. The bloodbath begins.
Verdi idolized Shakespeare; and his Macbeth is particularly suited to the operatic stage with its flawed hero, strong heroine, and plot full of gore, madness, and the supernatural. It has been one of the most popular of Verdi’s creations because of the riveting story, enhanced by Verdi’s artistry.
Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo designed the all-Shakespearean season. He prepares and conducts the orchestra and works closely with all the artists to bring full expression to this opera.
Oh! favorite, soprano Emily Newton, will portray Lady Macbeth along with debuting Rosa D’Imperio in the opera’s alternating cast system. Macbeth will be sung by Gustavo Ahualli and Andrew Cummings.
Linda Keith McKnight returns to direct Macbeth after successfully directing Cosi fan tutte last season. C. Vincent Fuller is the chorus master, Rachel Smith is the set designer, Dena Scheh designs the costumes, and the stage lighting is done by Kevin Taylor.
On Wednesday, January 30, opera connoisseur and educator Ann Thompson will give an engaging presentation about Macbeth at 1517 Bracher Street at 7:30pm. Admission is $5. The informed yet informal commentary will enrich your upcoming opera experience.
Performance dates are January 31, February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 10 (matinee). Single ticket prices are $25-$55, senior tickets are $21-$47, and student tickets are $10 anytime in designated areas.
Opera in the Heights, a professional regional company, exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage.
Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm and the matinee at 2:00 pm at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. in the Houston Heights. For tickets, please visit www.operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.
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