The third act of Macbeth turned out to be particularly fun to conduct--witches chorus, ballet, apparitions scene, another chorus/ballet, and a duet with Mac and Lady Mac.
Verdi elected to leave out "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes," so we added it back in as a spoken line. In Italian it goes: "Dal prurito che ai pollici sento, vien qui qualcosa di cruento..."
It was nice to see Rudolph Cleare of the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation,
at the second performance. We will host a branch of the competition later in the spring.