Review: Opera company reaches new heights with ‘Macbeth’

September 11, 2017 - 10:15am

OPERA San Antonio took a giant step Friday night with the first staging of its fourth season.
The company spread its wings by staging a Shakespearean opera by Giuseppe Verdi, taking a chance on “Macbeth,” one that many people haven’t seen despite its vivid theatrics. The company also presented its biggest chorus yet, 32 wonderful singers.
The first-rate cast bolstered the success. It was led by a pair of powerful singers, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as Macbeth and soprano Nadja Michael as Lady Macbeth. Both have sung with the San Antonio Symphony previously, Grimsley for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 2012 and Michael for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in 1996.
Grimsley was splendid in the title role, his strong voice agile enough to shift between hubris and introspective doubt. His display of madness upon seeing Banquo’s ghost was eerie.

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