Giuseppe VERDI MACBETH From the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1972 Opera in Four Acts; Sung in Italian
Kostas Paskalis, James Morris, Josephine Barstow The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Glyndebourne Chorus, The Glyndebourne Ballet, John Pritchard
Stage Production: Michael Hadjimischev Designer: Emanuele Luzzati Televison Director: Dave Heather
Sound Format: PCM Stereo Picture Format: 4:3 Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP Subtitles Languages: IT, D, F, GB, SP Region Code: 0 worldwide Running Time: 146 mins DVD 9 / NTSC
Cat no.:101 095
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.
"… a fine singer with tremendous stage presence" -- MusicWeb on Kostas Paskalis in this production
"Pritchard's conducting, in particular, often shows the strength of a deeply felt, distinctly individual conception" -- Gramophone on Verdi: La Traviata