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From the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1972. Opera in Four Acts; Sung in Italian.
Stage Production: Michael Hadjimischev
Designer: Emanuele Luzzati
Televison Director: Dave Heather
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Menu Languages: German, French, English, Spanish
Subtitles Languages: Italian, German, French, English, Spanish
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 146 mins.
This epic opera inspired by Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece was written in 1847, but did not receive its British premiere until 1938 when it was presented for the first time at Glyndebourne. The tragedy is a penetrating, concentrated, and harrowing study of the
ambition of Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. In the end both seem to verge on hallucination and madness as they recoil from the mayhem they have created around them.
The production features an outstanding international cast, with the Greek baritone Kostas Paskalis in the title role and British star Josephine Barstow making an exciting debut as Lady Macbeth. Proceedings are conducted by the sympathetic baton of John Pritchard. The designer, Emanuele Luzzati, has created a series of stunning visual impressions, including the chilling witches' chorus, the sumptuous banquet at which Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo and Lady Macbeth's heart-rending sleepwalking scene.
Works on This Recording
Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Kostas Paskalis (Baritone),
James Morris (Bass),
Josephine Barstow (Soprano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Written: 1847/1865; Italy
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