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Salvatore Sciarrino Macbeth Opera
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1450  Thursday, 17 July 2003

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Jul 2003 16:56:32 -0400
Subject:        Salvatore Sciarrino Macbeth Opera

A Shakespeare Tale, Down to the Essentials

The Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino worked on his modernist
operatic version of "Macbeth" in fits and starts for more than 25
years.  That fact, when I learned of it, did not automatically command
respect. Why would it take so long to complete a 110-minute musical
drama?" I saw the performance last ngiht (Thrusday, July 11) and liked
the production and opera a lot.  The set was great, drawn more on di
Chirico and Expressionist movie sets than on surrealism.  I see the
reviewer's point about the Lady Macbeth sleepwalking scene--it was
rather static.  But it was long to make a point.   Macbeth and Lady
Macbeth are set up as twin parts of the same person in this adaptation,
and Macbeth is, effectively absorbed into Lady Macbeth in the third Act,
which begins with her sleepwalking scene.  After this cene ends with her
suicide, Macduff enters briefly, and the Act ends with Macbeth alone on
stage doing "tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow" in a way that parallels
the sleepwalking scene.

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