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Saturday, June 8, 2013 Permalink

At the Opera, Verdi: Macbeth, 6/8/2013

  

Macbeth is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and additions by Andrea Maffei, based on Shakespeare's play. It was Verdi's tenth opera and also the first of Shakespeare's plays which he adapted for the operatic stage.

Written after the success of Attila in 1846 by which time the composer had become well established, it was before the great successes of 1850 to 1853, Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata which propelled him into universal fame. As sources, Shakespeare's plays provided Verdi with lifelong inspiration: some, such as King Lear were never realized but he wrote his two final operas using Othello as the basis for Otello (1887) and The Merry Wives of Windsor as the basis for Falstaff (1893). This 1976 recording stars Piero Cappuccilli, Shirley Verrett and Placido Domingo. Claudio Abbado conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08pm
Verdi: Macbeth BUY La Scala; Claudio Abbado, conductor
11:00pm
11:05pm
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera, opera: Act 3. Scene 1. Morr≤, ma prima in grazia, Eri tu BUY from Verdi Opera Scenes; composed by Verdi
11:20pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo, opera: Act 4. Scene 2. O Carlo, ascolta BUY Philharmonia Orchestra of Russia; Constantine Orbelian, conductor Dmitri Hvorostovsky
11:24pm
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra, opera: Act 1. Scene 6/7. Recognition Scene BUY from Verdi Opera Scenes; composed by Verdi
11:38pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore, opera: Act 4. Confrontation scene BUY Philharmonia Orchestra of Russia; Constantine Orbelian, conductor Dmitri Hvorostovsky / Sondra Radvanovsky
11:46pm
W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Deh vieni alla finestra BUY Philharmonia Orchestra of Russia; Constantine Orbelian, conductor Dmitri Hvorostovsky
11:53pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:56pm
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III BUY Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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