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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi$
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Abramo Basevi and Stefano Castelvecchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226094915

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.001.0001

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(p.90) (p.91) 8 Macbeth
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi'sMacbeth, first performed in March 1847 at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. The libretto by Piave was taken from Shakespeare's Macbeth. While the opera was given a good reception, it was more out of regard for the presence of the composer than because of the music, which never more than half pleased. The opera had the same fortune in other principal theaters. This shows not only that the judgment of the Florentines was sound, but also that the performance of this opera—one of a genre that was less than common for Italians—had left nothing to be desired.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, Piave, Shakespeare

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