September 16, 2021
Lyric Libations: MACBETH
Verdi called Shakespeare's Macbeth " one of mankind's greatest creations," and when the Italian composer added his musical genius to the story, it was the perfect recipe for a hit opera. If you're looking to get in the mood for this twisted Scottish tale, break out your bubbling cauldron and shake up a Shakespeare-inspired cocktail with these Macbeth Lyric Libations. Experience a thrilling new production of this early Verdi opera by acclaimed director Sir David McVicar, onstage September 17-October 9.
MacDeath in the Afternoon
Popularized by writer Ernest Hemingway, this bubbly licorice-flavored cocktail is deceptively dangerous. A little regal, a little crazy; simply stir the ingredients together until your drink is as cloudy as Macbeth's future. Watch out — it'll sneak up on you faster than Birnam Wood!
No amount of hand washing can help Lady Macbeth's guilty conscience, just like no cocktail can quench her thirst for power. This blood-red drink is sweet to start with a tart finish, just like the lady herself. Beware the grenadine and cranberry juice...they have a tendency to create stubborn stains.
Double double toil and trouble, fire up your cauldron for this witchy cocktail — no tongue of viper or skin of bat needed. We see quite a few of these tasty color-changing cocktails in your future (good thing this recipe serves three)! If you can't find Empress Gin at a store near you, your potent brew will be slightly less magical but equally delicious.
One prophecy, two prophecies, three prophecies, floor. Be careful what you wish for when ordering tequila and asking witches about your future. This devilish margarita is fit for a king (too bad Banco won't be around to enjoy it).
Overthrowing a tyrant is tough work, and this honey-infused cocktail is the perfect thing to take the edge off after a march up Dunsinane Hill. A woodsy take on a classic Bee's Knees, it's as bittersweet as victory in battle.
September 17 – October 9, 2021
Lyric’s riveting season opener is the inaugural production of Music Director Enrique Mazzola's tenure, and a brand-new production from Sir David McVicar. Adapting one of the greatest tragedies written by his hero, Shakespeare, Verdi created a stunning portrait of the most power-hungry couple who ever trod a stage. Macbeth’s bloody ascent to the throne of Scotland — led and supported by his wife’s own consuming ambition — results in disaster for them both. Verdi brings them to blazing life in a score that bristles with energy and endless excitement. Grand-scale arias, hair-raising duets, stupendous ensembles — they’re all here, in the first genuine masterpiece of Verdi’s career.