Lady M

Heartbeat Opera and Opera Lafayette Present

Lady M

May 2-4, 8:00pm
May 5, 3pm

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer
Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, librettists


Heartbeat tackles our first work by Verdi, creating a reordered, 90-minute version of Macbeth entitled “Lady M.” We center Lady Macbeth’s experience, looking at the story through a contemporary American lens. What does it mean to be an ambitious, driven woman today? How do power and wealth corrupt? And how do we strip away clichés that have accumulated around this story — and the character of Lady Macbeth in particular — in order to encounter this thrilling material in a fresh way?

For 6 singers and 7 players, our adaptation features electronics, cutting-edge sound design, and three female soloists as the Witches, honoring Shakespeare’s original text and bringing Verdi’s thrilling music to life in surprising and otherworldly new ways including surround sound, vocal distortion, pitch manipulation, texture, and exaggerated dynamic contrast.


Ethan Heard, director and adaptor
Jacob Ashworth, music director and co-translator
Daniel Schlosberg, arranger
Emma Jaster, movement director
Senem Pirler, alectronic sound design & performance
Peregrine Teng Heard, dramaturg and co-translator
Oliver Wason, lighting designer
Beth Goldenberg, costume designer
Corinne Gologurksy, prop designer
Leigh Walter, stage manager
Colin JB, production manager

Lucía Martín Cartón, Susanna
Sara Couden, Testo
Ariana Douglas, Daniel
Patrick Kilbride, Elder
Paul Max Tipton, Elder

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Event Detail

May 2, 2020 8:00 pm
May 5, 2020 5:00 am


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