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This epic opera inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece was written in 1847, but did not receive its British premiere until 1938, when it was presented for the first time at Glyndebourne. Stage Director Michael Hadjimischev and Conductor John Pritchard made this production a breathtaking experience.
The tragedy is a penetrating, concentrated and harrowing study of the ambition of Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. In the end both seem to verge on hallucination and madness as they recoil from the mayhem they have created around them.
The production features an outstanding international cast, with the Greek baritone Kostas Paskalis in the title role and British star Josephine Barstow making an exciting Glyndebourne debut as Lady Macbeth. The designer, Emanuele Luzzati, has created a series of stunning visual impressions, including the chilling witches’ chorus, the sumptuous banquet at which Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo and Lady Macbeth’s heart-rending sleepwalking scene.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC
Original Language: IT
Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES
Running Time: 146 mins
“This is notable for the young Josephine Barstow's Lady Macbeth, overacting but sounding just right, and the superbly complete account of the title role from Kostas Paskalis.”
7th October 2013
“[Paskalis] is a tower of strength...[Barstow] colours and shades her singing to bring out the meaning of the words in their deepest and darkest sense...a nearly perfect assumption of a fiendishly difficult part...a thrilling musical and visual performance worthy of the composer’s final version.”
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