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Macbeth(iii)locked

  • David Z. Kushner

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Lyric drama in a prologue and three acts by Ernest Bloch to a libretto by Edmond Fleg after William Shakespeare play; Paris, Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart), 2 November 1910.

The libretto, in French, follows the play quite closely. Lucienne Bréval, to whom the opera was dedicated, sang Lady Macbeth in the première. For a later version in English, by Bloch and Alex Cohen, the composer altered certain rhythms in an effort to make the English text conform as closely as possible to Shakespeare’s. For the first Italian performance, at S Carlo, Naples, ...

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