How Heartbeat Opera adapted its production of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ for a digital stage

How Heartbeat Opera adapted its production of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ for a digital stage

First Witch:
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch:
When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

LADY M,” Heartbeat Opera’s interpretation of Verdi’s epic “Macbeth,” was set to open this spring. Then the pandemic hit. With just weeks left before the scheduled premiere, co-artistic director and founder Ethan Heard decided the show would go on — virtually.

“Heartbeat was determined to respond to the crisis with resilience and hope and creativity,” said Heard, who is conducting rehearsals virtually from Zoom with the cast and crew. “It’s really invigorating to know that there’s a way — there’s a way to connect, to make art, to share that.”

After reconfiguring the piece for Zoom, Heartbeat Opera’s run of “LADY M” will be presented online in the form of virtual soirées from May 11 to June 6. We spoke with Heard about the process of taking the show from the stage to a virtual platform. Check out the conversation in the video above.