Notes and Editorial Reviews
Shakespeare’s drama on the Scottish nobleman Macbeth who is corrupted by power and loses his wife, sanity and finally his life to his ambitions is one of the greatest plays of world literature. Although the work was simplified for the opera libretto, its core – a mixture of the realistic and the supernatural – has remained intact.
This is an overwhelmingly powerful staging, by star director David Pountney who is known for his lush, psychological plausible and realistic stage inventions. One of the most challenging features in Macbeth is the constant change between the real world and the supernatural. Pountney does not so much make a difference between the levels of reality but sees the apparitions and visions of Macbeth as an integral part of his personal reality and very much the driving force behind his decision-making.
Filmed closely and almost movie-like, this DVD production portrays to full extent the excellent singing and acting prowess of American star baritone Thomas Hampson, who creates the despair of the power-hungry Macbeth with intensity.
Macbeth – Thomas Hampson
Lady Macbeth – Paoletta Marrocu
Banco – Roberto Scandiuzzi
Macduff – Luis Lima
Dama di Lady Macbeth – Liuba Chuchrova
Malcolm – Miroslav Christoff
Medico – Peter Kálmán
Zurich Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Jürg Hämmerli)
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
David Pountney, stage director
Stefanos Lazaridis, set designer
Jürgen Hoffmann, lighting designer
Vivienne Newport, choreographer
Recorded live from the Zurich Opera House, 2001.
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Running time: 141 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)