At The Opera, Verdi's Macbeth (Live 1970) January 2, 2021
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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 William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Written for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, it was Verdi's tenth opera and premiered on March 14, 1847. Macbeth was the first Shakespeare play that Verdi adapted for the operatic stage. Almost twenty years later, Macbeth was revised and expanded in a French version and given in Paris in 1865.
After the success of Attila in 1846, by which time the composer had become well established, Macbeth came before the great successes of 1851 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 an adaption of King Lear (as Re 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).
Macbeth - Sherrill Milnes
Lady Macbeth - Christa Ludwig
Macduff - Carlo Cossutta
Banquo - Karl Ridderbusch
Malcolm - Ewald Aichberger
Vienna State Opera
Karl Bohm - conductor
Opera D'oro Live 1970
Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Macbeth (Live 1970)
Vienna State Opera Sherrill Mines