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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
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 on April 19, 1865.
Macbeth – Leonard Warren
Lady Macbeth – Leonie Rysanek
Banquo – Jerome Hines
Macduff – Carlo Bergonzi
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Erich Leinsdorf – conductor
RCA 1959 studio recording