Countdown to Macbeth

The October issue of Gramophone picks Thomas Hampson’s season-opening “Macbeth” at Lyric Opera of Chicago as one of the musical highlights for North America this month.  Shining a light on the new production by Barbara Gaines, who is also artistic director of Chicago’s Shakespeare Theater, Gramophone notes “With such artful designs from the director, is it any surprise that that most intelligent singer (and keen thesp) Thomas Hampson has been engaged?” Productions runs from Friday, October 1 through Saturday, October 30 (