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


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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.


Play List

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Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
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Verdi: Macbeth - La Scala; Claudio Abbado, conductor; Label: Deutsche Grammophon FindBUY
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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera, opera: Act 3. Scene 1. Morr≤, ma prima in grazia, Eri tu ; Label: Delos FindBUY
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Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo, opera: Act 4. Scene 2. O Carlo, ascolta - Philharmonia Orchestra of Russia; Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Label: Delos FindBUY
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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra, opera: Act 1. Scene 6/7. Recognition Scene ; Label: Delos FindBUY
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Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore, opera: Act 4. Confrontation scene - Philharmonia Orchestra of Russia; Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Dmitri Hvorostovsky / Sondra Radvanovsky; Label: Delos FindBUY
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W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Deh vieni alla finestra - Philharmonia Orchestra of Russia; Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Label: Delos FindBUY
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Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
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Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY