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Verdi: Il Trovatore; La Traviata; Macbeth / Simon Keenlyside, Liudmyla Monastyrska, José Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson et al. [3 DVD]

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This trio of unforgettable Royal Opera productions features some of the most cherished and admired examples of Verdi's operatic genius. The composer returned to his early masterpiece Macbeth after the great successes Il trovatore and La traviata had propelled him into universal fame, and his 1865 revision (today the most popular version of the work) shares the marks of dramatic and musical innovation that enshrine all three operas as undying classics. Phyllida Lloyd stages Verdi's setting of the Scottish play, featuring Simon Keenlyside's athletic, brooding Thane opposite Liudmyla Monastryrska's imperious Lady. Rivalry blazes between Jose Cura's troubadour and Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Count in an Elijah Moshinsky production with sets by noted film designer Dante Ferretti. Starring as the ill-fated courtesan Violetta in Richard Eyre's classic production is Renee Fleming, loved by Joseph Calleja as Alfredo against the wishes of his unyielding father, played by Thomas Hampson. These are Verdi's best-loved works brought vividly to life.

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Run Time: 519 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian



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