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Verdi & Shakespeare

Verdi / Christoyannis / Monastyrska / Jurowski
Release Date: 01/29/2016 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1200  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nigel CliffeSimon KeenlysideDmitri PittasRaymond Aceto,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio PappanoAntonio Ros-MarbáVladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusBarcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
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Shakespeare provided lifelong inspiration for the towering operatic genius that was Giuseppe Verdi, but just three of the Bard’s plays ever emerged fully-fledged from the composer’s pen. This trio of landmark productions, featuring a veritable constellation of singers, conductors and directors, are united here under the banner of Verdi’s Shakepeare Operas: Macbeth, which lifted the young composer out of his hard-working ‘galley years’, propelling him to international fame and universal acclaim, and Otello and Falstaff, his final two crowning operatic achievements. Simon Keenlyside and Liudmyla Monastyrska are imposing as the Thane and his
Read more Lady in Phyllida Lloyd’s sumptuous production of The Scottish Play for The Royal Opera, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, while José Cura interprets the Moor in a profound, intense staging by Willy Decker at Barcelona’s Liceu. By the end of his dramatic opera career, Verdi claimed he had ‘earned at last the right to laugh a little’, and Richard Jones’s Glyndebourne Festival production of Falstaff radiates humour, tinged with bitterness and wisdom and brought to life by an international ensemble cast with Christopher Purves in the title role under the inspiring baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Catalan (Otello), Japanese (Macbeth)

Running time: 170 Minutes (Macbeth), 23 Minutes (Bonus), 151 Minutes (Otello), 136 Minutes (Falstaff)

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS Read less

Works on This Recording

Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nigel Cliffe (Bass), Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Dmitri Pittas (Tenor),
Raymond Aceto (Bass), Elisabeth Meister (Soprano), Steven Ebel (Tenor),
Liudmyla Monastyrska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vittorio Grigolo (Tenor), Lado Ataneli (Baritone), Vincent Esteve Madrid (Tenor),
Ketevan Kemoklidze (Mezzo Soprano), Giorgio Giuseppini (Bass), Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano),
Francisco Javier Santiago (Bass), José Cura (Tenor), Roberto Accurso (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonio Ros-Marbá
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2006 
Venue:  Gran teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jennifer Holloway (Soprano), Tassis Christoyiannopoulos (Baritone), Bulent Bezduz (Tenor),
Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Alto), Adriana Kucerová (Soprano), Dina Kuznetsova (Soprano),
Paolo Battaglia (Bass), Christopher Purves (Bass), Peter Hall (Tenor),
Alasdair Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 

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