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Verdi was justifiably pleased with Macbeth, his tenth opera and his first on a Shakespearian subject – it would long remain his own favourite among his ‘early period’ operas.
Eighteen years later, at the invitation of the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris, he substantially revised the score, and this is the version (sung in Italian) presented here.
The talented young cast is headed by Giuseppe Altomare as Macbeth, one of Verdi’s most profoundly modern anti-heroes – a political animal driven to bloody regicide yet doomed by his very success – with Olha Zhuravel as his obsessively ambitious wife, driven to madness by her own guilt.
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
Act I: Che faceste? Dite su! (Chorus)
Act I: Giorno non vidi mai (Macbeth, Banquo, Chorus)
Act I: Due vaticini compiuti or sono (Macbeth, Banquo, Chorus)
Act I: S'allontanarono! (Chorus)
Act I: Nel di della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta (Lady Macbeth, a Servant)
Act I: Or tutti sorgete (Lady Macbeth)
Act I: Oh donna mia! (Macbeth, Lady Macbeth)
Act I: Sappia la sposa mia (Macbeth, Lady Macbeth)
Act I: Fatal mia donna! (Macbeth, Lady Macbeth)
Act I: Di destarlo per tempo (Macduff, Banquo, Lady Macbeth, Malcolm, Macbeth, a Lady's Maid, Chorus)