Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra
Incidental music by Florent Schmitt
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Bill Barclay, director
This extraordinary production — as originally produced by the famed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London — melds Shakespeare’s story of love, power and betrayal with a seductive, sensuous score by the great French composer Florent Schmitt. With costumed actors and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, you’ll hear Shakespeare’s lush language in a new way as you discover music that stirs the pulse. This must-see version of the Shakespeare classic has only been performed twice before — once in London at once at the Hollywood Bowl — and drew lavish critical acclaim: “Four stars! There was a superb synchronicity between actors and orchestra, with every emotional shift carefully underscored. Antony and Cleopatra loved and fought while Schmitt’s music at its most extravagant surged around them. Fascinating, every second of it” (The Guardian, London).