Verdi: Macbeth

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Plácido Domingo (Macbeth), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lady Macbeth), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Banquo), Joshua Guerrero (Macduff), Josh Wheeker (Malcolm), Summer Hassan (Lady-in-Waiting), Theo Hoffmann (Doctor/ First Apparition), Liv Redpath (Second Apparition), Isaiah Morgan (Third Apparition), LA Opera Chorus (chorus), Darko Tresnjak (Director)

LA Opera Orchestra, James Conlon

''LA Opera's latest production of Verdi s Macbeth (2016) features Plácido Domingo in the title role and Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth. The opera is staged by Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.

''When I was a young tenor, I loved playing romantic or heroic leading roles. When I began to add baritone parts to my repertoire six years ago, I was particularly interested in playing fathers, as I could draw from my own experience as a family man. Macbeth is a completely different kind of role for me. He is a murderer, but I think that he is also something of a victim, drawn into his crimes by the witches and by Lady Macbeth.'' Plácido Domingo''

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Sony - 88985403579

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Plácido Domingo (Macbeth), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lady Macbeth), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Banquo), Joshua Guerrero (Macduff), Josh Wheeker (Malcolm), Summer Hassan (Lady-in-Waiting), Theo Hoffmann (Doctor/ First Apparition), Liv Redpath (Second Apparition), Isaiah Morgan (Third Apparition), LA Opera Chorus (chorus), Darko Tresnjak (Director)

LA Opera Orchestra, James Conlon

'LA Opera's latest production of Verdi s Macbeth (2016) features Plácido Domingo in the title role and Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth. The opera is staged by Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.

''When I was a young tenor, I loved playing romantic or heroic leading roles. When I began to add baritone parts to my repertoire six years ago, I was particularly interested in playing fathers, as I could draw from my own experience as a family man. Macbeth is a completely different kind of role for me. He is a murderer, but I think that he is also something of a victim, drawn into his crimes by the witches and by Lady Macbeth.'' Plácido Domingo''

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Sony - 88985403589

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Željko Luèiæ (Macbeth), René Pape (Banquo), Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), Claudia Waite (Lady-in-Waiting to Lady Macbeth), Christopher Job (A Servant of Macbeth), Raymond Renault (Duncan, King of Scotland), Noah Baetge (Malcolm, Duncan’s Son), Joseph Calleja (Macduff, Thane of Fife), Moritz Linn (Fleance, Banquo’s Son), Richard Bernstein (A Murderer), Seth Malkin (A Herald), James Courtney (A Doctor), David Crawford (A Warrior), Ashley Emerson (A Bloody Child), Jihee Kim (A Crowned Child)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fabio Luisi, Adrian Noble (dir.)

An unforgettable performance of Anna Netrebko at the MET now on DVD/BR!

Outstanding press acclaim for her performance:

New York Observer stated: “.. a superstar cast ... the most potent: Anna Netrebko's ferociously exciting star turn as Lady Macbeth ... a "demented" performance, one so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness.”

While the New York Times writes: “Lady Macbeth is causing a sensation at the Metropolitan Opera ... This was Ms. Netrebko's night”

This MET performance featured not only an astonishing Anna Netrebko, but also a superstar-cast with artists like Željko Luèiæ, René Pape, Joseph Calleja and a brilliantly performing MET Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Fabio Luisi.

The DVD includes bonus material with artist interviews and backstage footage:

- 2 intros / Host: Anita Rachvelishvili

- Acts I and II (1’26)

- Act III and IV (0’15)

Backstage at the Met with host Anita Rachvelishvili (c. 15’)

- Interview: Anna Netrebko (2’19)

- "Gallery Met Shorts" (2'03)

- Interview: Željko Luèiæ (1’27)

- Interview: Joseph Calleja and René Pape (3’12)

- Interview: Donald Palumbo and David Frye (3’02)

- Interview: Fabio Luisi (2’28)

“[Noble's] direction is frequently gripping, aided by two magnificent central performances. Anna Netrebko's darker soprano of recent years is not perfectly suited to Verdi's heavier roles...it was a performance matched by Željko Luèiæ's Macbeth. His velvety timbre and stylish phrasing mark him out as one of the few Verdi baritones today worthy of the description...Luisi revels inthe score's dark tinta.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Leo Nucci (Macbeth), Enrico Iori (Banco), Sylvie Valayre (Lady Macbeth), Roberto Iuliano (Macduff), Tiziana Tramonti (Dama di Lady Macbeth), Nicola Pascoli (Malcolm), Enrico Turco (Il Medico), Davide Ronzoni (L'Araldo), Riccardo di Stefano (Un Domestico) & Noris Borgogelli (Il Sicario)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Bruno Bartoletti (conductor) & Liliana Cavani (stage director)

Alberto Verso, costume designer

Sergio Rossi, lighting designer

Amedeo Amodio, choreographer

C Major presents Verdi’s opera Macbeth, as part of their Tutto Verdi project.

Shakespeare was a lifelong inspiration for Verdi. At the time of its première he considered it his best work.

The performance is conducted by Bruno Bartoletti and features a stellar cast, including Leo Nucci, Enrico Iori and Sylvie Valayre.

Picture: Full HD

Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

Running Time: 166 minutes

(Opera: 156 minutes, Bonus: 10 minutes)

Subtitles: Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Booklet: English, German, French

Available Worldwide

“What makes this production so rewarding are the utterly compelling performances of the Macbeths, Shakepearian in intensity...[Nucci's] Macbeth is a deeply thoughtful portrayal...Valayre is up there with the finest Lady Macbeths.” International Record Review, May 2013

“Nucci’s Macbeth is often described as veteran, which rather dismisses his musical and dramatic insight and his sense of Verdian line...Bartoletti is authoritative in the pit. Liliana Cavani’s production is strong, her stage-on-the-stage set magnifying and scrutinising the Macbeths’ moral descent.” Opera Now ****

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C Major TUTTO VERDI - 722104

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

Teatro Regio di Parma, 2006


Leo Nucci (Macbeth), Enrico Iori (Banco), Sylvie Valayre (Lady Macbeth), Roberto Iuliano (Macduff), Tiziana Tramonti (Dama di Lady Macbeth), Nicola Pascoli (Malcolm), Enrico Turco (Il Medico), Davide Ronzoni (L'Araldo), Riccardo di Stefano (Un Domestico) & Noris Borgogelli (Il Sicario)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Bruno Bartoletti (conductor) & Liliana Cavani (stage director)

Alberto Verso, costume designer

Sergio Rossi, lighting designer

Amedeo Amodio, choreographer

C Major presents Verdi’s opera Macbeth, as part of their Tutto Verdi project.

Shakespeare was a lifelong inspiration for Verdi. At the time of its première he considered it his best work.

The performance is conducted by Bruno Bartoletti and features a stellar cast, including Leo Nucci, Enrico Iori and Sylvie Valayre.

Picture: 16:9

Sound: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Running Time Total: 166 minutes

(Opera: 156 minutes, Bonus: 10 minutes)

Subtitles: Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Booklet: English, German, French

Available Worldwide

“What makes this production so rewarding are the utterly compelling performances of the Macbeths, Shakepearian in intensity...[Nucci's] Macbeth is a deeply thoughtful portrayal...Valayre is up there with the finest Lady Macbeths” International Record Review, May 2013

“Nucci’s Macbeth is often described as veteran, which rather dismisses his musical and dramatic insight and his sense of Verdian line...Bartoletti is authoritative in the pit. Liliana Cavani’s production is strong, her stage-on-the-stage set magnifying and scrutinising the Macbeths’ moral descent.” Opera Now ****

DVD Video

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C Major TUTTO VERDI - 722008

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Leonard Warren (Macbeth), Carlo Bergonzi (Macduff), Leonie Rysanek (Lady Macbeth), Jerome Hines (Banco), William Olvis (Malcolm), Carlotta Ordassy (Dama), Gerhard Pechner (Medico)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

CD includes a booklet with a three-language synopsis (English/French/German), full cast list and detailed track list.

RCA - The Sony Opera House - 88697855762

(CD - 2 discs)

$14.00

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

Filmed at the Sferisterio Opera Festival, Macerata, Italy, 2–5 August 2007


Giuseppe Altomare, Olha Zhuravel, Pavel Kudinov, Rubens Pelizzari & Marco Voleri

Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche & Coro Lirico Marchigiano ‘V. Bellini’, Daniele Callegari

Director, set and costume designer: Pier Luigi Pizzi

Choreographer: Gheorghe Iancu

Verdi was justifiably pleased with Macbeth, his tenth opera and his first on a Shakesperean subject. He conducted its triumphant première in Florence in 1847, taking thirty calls at the final curtain, and 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 it is this version (sung in Italian) which has prevailed and is presented on this DVD by the forces of La Fenice, Venice.

Driven to bloody regicide by supernatural prophecies and his wife’s obsessive ambition, Macbeth is one of Verdi’s most profoundly modern anti-heroes – a political animal doomed by his very success.

“A straightforward, vigorous account of one of Verdi's finest scores. Simply but effectively staged, it gets strong, unsubtle vocal and acting performances from a young cast.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****

“Daniele Callegari gives Verdi’s creation its full due, matching the differing styles of the later and earlier music to give a cohesive whole.” MusicWeb International

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Naxos - 2110258

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Production: Adrian Noble, Set & costume designer: Mark Thompson, Lighting designer: Jean Kalman & Choreographer: Sue Lefton

EMI Classics continues its collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera with a new production of Verdi’s richly haunting opera, Macbeth, as part of this season’s Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series.

For the first time in 20-years, the Metropolitan Opera presents the first of Verdi’s three operas based on Shakespeare, ‘in a stylistically eclectic, grimly effective and, at times, intriguingly playful production’ (New York Times) by English director Adrian Noble, making his Met debut.

At the time of composition, Macbeth was unique. Not only was it considered both musically and dramatically bold, but it was the first opera that can truly be described as Shakespearean. It was the first that altered operatic conventions to serve the play rather than converting the play into traditional operatic formulas.

After 35 highly successful years as Music director of the Metropolitan Opera, a relationship unparalleled and unique in the musical world today, James Levine conducts Verdi’s haunting score with tension and a type of brutality that this chilling work commands.

“…well propelled by Levine, and fairly effectively staged by Adrian Noble in a scruffy, modern-Balkans ambiance. Zeljko Lucic is a solid, mellifluous anti-hero, but low on charisma; Maria Guleghina has enough for two, wielding her huge voice with electrifying physicality, and with intelligence.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“characteristically lavish, with a big chorus, singing really splendidly...Lucic as a murderous Macbeth, singing strongly, is determined enough, but Maria Guleghina is even more so...Levine conducts dramatically and the production gains from its spectacle, and with a powerfully sung close, many will feel that this should be a primary choice.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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EMI Metropolitan Opera DVD - 2063049

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Carlos Álvarez (Macbeth), Maria Guleghina (Lady Macbeth), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Banquo), Begoña Alberdi (Lady in Waiting), Marco Berti (Macduff), Javier Palacios (Malcolm), Ferran Ilari (Fleance), Stefan Kocan (Doctor)

Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bruno Campanella

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 164 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA

“A strong cast was the most prominent factor in the return of Macbeth to the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Carlos Álvarez… in glorious voice and with a good sense of the psychology of the character. His dominating Lady was Guleghina… her dramatic presence is overwhelming, especially in her wonderful Sleepwalking scene” Opera

“The drama of the piece is intensified by the sharp attack and crisp ensemble secured by the conductor...Even more than Carlos Alvarez as a fine Macbeth, Maria Guleghina dominates the performance as Lady Macbeth, singing with a generous vibrato, well controlled, and staring hypnotically” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Opus Arte - OA0922D

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

(complete opera)


Piero Cappuccilli (Macbeth), Shirley Verrett (Lady Macbeth), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Banco), Plácido Domingo (Macduff), Stefania Malagú (Lady in Waiting), Antonio Savastano (Malcolm), Carlo Zardo (Medico), Giovanni Foiani (Servo di Macbeth), Alfredo Mariotti (Sicario), Sergio Fontana (Araldo)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Claudio Abbado

“Abbado's tempi are unconventional, but with slow speeds he springs the rhythm so infectiously that the results are most compelling...[Verrett] makes a highly individual Lady Macbeth. Cappuccilli has never sung with a finer range of tone or more imagination on record than here, and Placido Domingo makes a real, sensitive character out of the small role of Macduff.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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DG Originals - 4497322

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