Notes & Reviews:
Live Recording from the Zurich Opera House, 2001 + With this opera, Verdi composed a true music drama. For this great early opera, he demanded from his librettist Francesco Maria Piave a text that would have "extravagance, originality brevity and sublimity." Thomas Hampson made a triumphant début in the title role of Verdi's Macbeth in this Zurich Opera production, with Paoletta Marrocu as his beautiful, power-hungry wife. In David Pountney's hard-edged, post-modern production duality of man and woman is constantly brought into question. His Macbeth is not just a story about the usurpation of a crown with supernatural intervention, it resonates with symbolic references to the battle of the sexes and throws into sharp relief the link between power and gender. A strong supporting cast draws a top quality performance from the Zurich Opera Orchestra.
American Record Guide
Sound and picture is fine...
Run Time: 141 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: German, Italian, English, French, Spanish
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
- Performers: Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass); Thomas Hampson (Baritone); Luis Lima (Tenor); Paoletta Marrocu (Soprano)
- Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
- Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1847