Unsex Me Here
Verdi, Shakespeare and Macbeth's lust for power,
by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Few opera stage directors or conductors remember that this is the key verse to understand Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, Macbeth:
Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty!
The tragedy is based on the lust for power only. Macbeth and his Lady renounce everything, even sex (and having children) in pursuit of a very ephemeral absolute power...
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