Antony and Cleopatra, Barber
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Classical music inspired by Shakespeare
18. Antony and Cleopatra, Barber
First performed in 1966, Barber's opera wasn't well received by the press, despite having a huge production budget and employing Franco Zeffirelli as director - it was even dropped by the Met Opera after its first performance. The text made use of Shakespeare's language exclusively, until it was revised and performed once more in 1975.