Verdi & Shakespeare

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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 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

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: OA 1200BD

  • UPC: 809478012009

  • Label: Opus Arte

  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano, Antonio Ros-Marbá, Vladimir Jurowski

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus, Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

  • Performer: Adriana Kucerová, Alasdair Elliott, Bulent Bezduz, Christopher Purves, Dina Kuznetsova, Dmitri Pittas, Elisabeth Meister, Francisco Javier Santiago, Giorgio Giuseppini, Jennifer Holloway, José Cura, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Krassimira Stoyanova, Lado Ataneli, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nigel Cliffe, Paolo Battaglia, Peter Hall, Raymond Aceto, Roberto Accurso, Simon Keenlyside, Steven Ebel, Tassis Christoyiannopoulos, Vincent Esteve Madrid, Vittorio Grigolo