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Macbeth at the Boston Lyric

Last night we went to a splendid production of Macbeth (Verdi) at the Boston Lyric Opera. It was a modern staging and opened with bodies hanging by their feet from the rafters. I thought all the music, singing, staging, and acting was excellent. Lady Macbeth was sung by Carter Scott and she had a big voice, of the kind I don't usually like but it was excellent for this opera. The staging included lowering and raising some large structures toward the rear of the stage - I don't really know what the symbolism was and it wasn't clear to me that it had any value - but it didn't detract from the performance.

It's been a busy week since friday: Contra Dance on Friday night; Siegfried HD on Sat afternoon; Harvest Ball (old style contra dance) on Saturday night; Boston Cecilia with Musica Sacra doing the St Matthew Passion on Sunday afternoon; English Country Dance on Tuesday night; and this last night. (We could go to Concord for the Contra Dance tonight, but won't; then it's the Dance Organizers conference this weekend with Contra Dancing on both Friday and Saturday night; and then to Concord on Monday for a Contra Dance.)

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
--Macbeth, Act V, Scene V

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Goodness! Did they *sing* in that position?

No-one was singing while lying down (which does happen in some operas) or being suspended by their feet.

It's probably worth clarifying that the "bodies" hanging by their feet were dummies.

They'd have to be to have agreed to hang by their feet and sing upside-down.

Singing upside down- intriguing.

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