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VERDI'S 'MACBETH' - November 6

October 4, 2005
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Fairfax, Virginia, September 30, 2005- Praised by The Washington Post for its “international level of excellence” and “skillful musicianship,” Opera Verdi Europa continues its tradition of performing great musical works internationally with a return to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. in Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth. Verdi’s love for Shakespeare is evident in every facet of the opera, as he gives voice to this timeless tale of greed, guilt and betrayal. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Opera Verdi Europa has won accolades for its rich European operatic tradition since its inception in 1996. Flourishing in the expansion of post-Iron Curtain Eastern Europe, the company has earned a solid reputation on Europe’s most prestigious stages, as well as in non-traditional spaces: its production of Aida on the unique natural stage of Switzerland’s Castelgrande received world wide acclaim. The group’s rich repertoire and carefully selected talents (musicians, singers, and dancers are skillfully chosen from among the best Bulgarian artists) have allowed the company to rapidly develop both artistically and professionally. The company’s wide repertoire includes Othello, Madame Butterfly, Carmen and The Pearl Fishers, as well as productions of the Mozart and Verdi "Requiems."

Verdi was born in 1813 as the son of an innkeeper and showed promise on the organ. Ironically, he was denied entrance to the Milan Conservatory because of "inadequate training." Macbeth is the first of Verdi’s three great Shakespearean operas, and it was commissioned by Teatro della Pergola, Florence, for the 1847 carnival season.

Macbeth has everything an audience could wish for – revenge, betrayal, murder and madness, and perhaps the most notorious figures ever portrayed in literature, carrying out occult prophecies in a contest for political power. Verdi’s orchestration and masterful vocal writing add to the heighten the mood of suspense and terror.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Tickets for Opera Verdi Europa are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468, or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the main stage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

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