This trio of unforgettable Royal Opera productions feature some of the most cherished and admired examples of Verdi’s operatic genius. The composer returned to his early masterpiece Macbeth after the great successes Il trovatore and La traviata had propelled him to universal fame, and his 1865 revision – today the most popular version of the work – shares the marks of dramatic and musical innovation that enshrine all three operas as undying classics. Phyllida Lloyd stages Verdi’s setting of the Scottish play, featuring Simon Keenlyside’s athletic, brooding Thane opposite Liudmyla Monastyrska’s imperious Lady. Rivalry blazes between José Cura’s troubadour and Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Count in an Elijah Moshinsky production with sets by noted film designer Dante Ferretti. Starring as the illfated courtesan Violetta in Richard Eyre’s classic production is Renée Fleming, loved by Joseph Calleja as Alfredo against the wishes of his unyielding father, played by Thomas Hampson. Verdi’s best-loved works brought vividly to life.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Il trovatore (2002) Manrico:José Cura Luna: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Azucena: Yvonne Naef Leonora: Verónica Vilarroel Ferrando: Tómas Tómasson Ines: Gweneth-Ann Jeffers Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Director: Elijah Moshinsky Sets: Dante Ferretti Costumes: Anne Tilby
La traviata (2009) Violetta Valéry: Renée Fleming Alfredo Germont: Joseph Calleja Giorgio Germont: Thomas Hampson Annina: Sarah Pring Flora Bervoix: Monika-Evelin Liiv Baron Douphol: Eddie Wade Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Director: Richard Eyre Conductor: Antonio Pappano Designs: Bob Crowley Lighting Design: Jean Kalman Movement: Jane Gibson
Macbeth (2011) Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside Lady Macbeth: Liudmyla Monastyrska Banquo: Raymond Aceto Lady-in-Waiting: Elisabeth Meister Servant to Macbeth: Nigel Cliffe Duncan: Ian Lindsay Malcolm: Steven Ebel Macduff: Dimitri Pittas Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Director: Phyllida Lloyd Conductor: Antonio Pappano Designs: Anthony Ward Lighting Design: Paule Constable
Picture: 16:9 Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1 DTS Format: NTSC Region code: 0 (worldwide) Running Time: 519 mins Year: 2002/2009/2011
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