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Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: William Shakespeare's plays and poetry have inspired everything from artwork to movie adaptations. Find out which composers took inspiration from the great playwright, creating some brilliant classical music in its own right.
The first of Verdi's Shakespeare adaptations, Macbeth was premiered in 1847. The libretto is by Maria Piave with additions by Andrea Maffei. Here tenor Joseph Calleja sings Macduff at the Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera.
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