The Scottish Opera: The Thane, His Lady, That Spot
There was much news at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night. For the first time in nearly 20 years the company presented Verdi’s breakthrough early masterpiece, “Macbeth,” in a stylistically eclectic, grimly effective and, at times, intriguingly playful production by the English director Adrian Noble, making his Met debut. As Macbeth, the baritone Zeljko Lucic, little known to Met audiences, gave an honorable and affecting performance of an intimidating role.
Yet the big news came from the artist whose excellence should by now be no news at all: James Levine. Two years ago Mr. Levine’s poor health and reduced stamina were affecting his work. No longer. He looks much better and more fit, and is conducting with seeming focus and bountiful energy. READ MORE HERE