Fine Arts

Liberty, Power, and Destiny in Verdi’s “Macbeth”


Using the music and libretto of Verdi's opera Macbeth, the colloquium explored the themes of power, individual responsibility, and freedom.


Conference Readings

Aristotle. Politics. Edited by G. P. Goold. Translated by H. Rackham. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1932.

Aristotle. Poetics. Edited by G. P. Goold. Translated by Stephen Halliwell. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Budden, Julian. The Operas of Verdi. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992.

Budden, Julian. Verdi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Hegel. “The Phenomenology of Mind.” (Accessed March 31, 2016).

Hobbes, Thomas. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, Volume 3: Leviathan. Edited by Sir William Molesworth. London: Bohn, 1839-1845.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Portable Machiavelli. Edited by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa. New York: Penguin Books, 1979.

Nietzsche. The Nietzsche Reader. Edited by Keith Ansell Pearson and Duncan Large. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

Osborne, Charles. The Complete Operas of Verdi. Jackson: Da Capo Press, 1977.

Petrobelli, Pierluigi. Music in the Theater: Essays on Verdi and Other Composers. Princeton: Princeton Legacy Library, 2014.

Shakespeare, William. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Compiled by John Dover Wilson. London: Octopus Books Limited, 1984.

Van, Gilles de. Verdi’s Theater: Creating Drama through Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.