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In Review: Colaneri, Gardner, Silvestrelli, and Li in Maryland Lyric Opera's "Macbeth"

"MDLO’s Lady Macbeth was soprano Jill Gardner. . . she played the role of the alluring manipulator very well. She seemed to relish playing this role, and her important sleep walking scene was effective and is critical to the opera. Bass Andrea Silvestrelli was excellent as always, singing authoritatively and anchoring the drama as someone caught in the middle. He displayed good acting skills, making an eerie presence when he returned as a ghost after his murder arranged by Macbeth. Tenor Yi Li. . . delivered a solo aria late in the opera that was one of the performance’s highlights. . . The conductor for this performance was Joseph Colaneri who performs internationally and is well known for serving as the Music Director for the Glimmerglass Festival. Under his direction, the excellent Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra displayed great finesse in its delivery of Verdi’s music and its coordination with the singers. I greatly enjoyed the orchestra and thought that it did full justice to Verdi’s magnificent music."

– Opera Gene


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