Baritone Christopher Hillier performs Verdi’s ‘Pietà, rispetto, amore’, Macbeth’s powerful final aria.
Composed just prior to Verdi being propelled to universal fame with ‘La traviata’, ‘Macbeth’ is the Italian composer’s tenth opera and the first Shakespeare play that he adapted for the operatic stage.
Mercy, respect, love,
the comfort of declining years,
these will place no flowers
on your old age.
Nor should you hope
for kind words on your royal tomb:
only curses, alas,
will be your funeral hymn.