The Met's Macbeth simulcast on Saturday, Jan. 12 was a very interesting production directed by Adrian Noble. Standout for me was tenor Dimitri Pittas as MacDuff , especially in his fourth act aria " O figli miei...Ah, la paterna mano" when he responds to being told that his family has been slaughtered. Macbeth IV, iii All my pretty ones? Did you say all? -- O hell-kite! -- All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam At one fell swoop? English translation of the Italian aria: Oh my children! You have all been killed by that tyrant, together with your poor mother! Ah, did I leave a mother and her children in the clutches of that beast? Alas, a father's hand was not there to shield you, my dear ones, from the treacherous assassins who put you to death. And in vain you called on me, a fugitive, in hiding, with your last gasp, with your last breath. Lord, bring me face to face with this tyrant, and if he escapes me let your merciful arms open to him.
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