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Verdi: Macbeth / Welser-Most/Zurich Opera, Hampson, Marrocu [DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

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...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 141 min.
Region: All
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 Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
  • Performers: Thomas Hampson (Baritone); Luis Lima (Tenor); Paoletta Marrocu (Soprano); Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass)
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  • Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847