a woman reaches toward the sky

Lady M

Heartbeat Opera
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7PM

This event has been canceled to follow University policies that have been put in place in light of new developments related to the coronavirus.

In intimate venues, with essentialized casts and bands, Heartbeat Opera reenvisions and rearranges operas—their scores and libretti—to speak to contemporary audiences. Through taking apart and then putting back together these classics, Heartbeat helps us hear, see, and experience operas in new ways. Especially in demonstrating the way women are portrayed in opera, the company brings these works to life with thoughtful, provocative renditions.

Lady M is a reordered, 90-minute version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, featuring six singers, six instrumentalists, and extensive electronic sound design. Putting special focus on Lady Macbeth, Heartbeat Opera tells the story through a contemporary lens asking: What does it mean to be an ambitious, driven woman today? How do power and wealth corrupt? By stripping away the clichés that have accumulated around the story as received from Shakespeare’s text and Verdi’s music, Heartbeat makes new art on old ground.

Heartbeat shares this work in progress before taking it to Irondale in Brooklyn, May 11–16.

Work-in-progress events offer a window into the research, development, and production of new works by artists in residence at EMPAC. These free events open up a dialogue between our audiences, artists, and EMPAC staff.

Refreshments will be served.

Main Image: Heartbeat Opera's Lady M. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Vincent Tullo.

Dates + Tickets

Work in Progress
Work in Progress: Lady M
Heartbeat Opera
Friday 1
7:00 PM
May 2020
Presented By

EMPAC Spring 2020


Production Credits

Directed and adapted by Ethan Heard
Music directed by Jacob Ashworth
Arranged by Daniel Schlosberg
Electronic sound design and performance by Senem Pirler


EMPAC Spring 2020 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media.