Shakespeare provided lifelong inspiration for the towering operatic genius that was Giuseppe Verdi, but just three of the Bard’s plays ever emerged fully-fledged from the composer’s pen. This trio of landmark productions, featuring a veritable constellation of singers, conductors and directors, are united here under the banner of Verdi’s Shakepeare Operas: Macbeth, which lifted the young composer out of his hard-working ‘galley years’, propelling him to international fame and universal acclaim, and Otello and Falstaff, his final two crowning operatic achievements. Simon Keenlyside and Liudmyla Monastyrska are imposing as the Thane and his Lady in Phyllida Lloyd’s sumptuous production of the Scottish Play for The Royal Opera, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, while José Cura interprets the Moor in a profound, intense staging by Willy Decker at Barcelona’s Liceu. By the end of his dramatic opera career, Verdi claimed he had ‘earned at last the right to laugh a little’, and Richard Jones’s Glyndebourne Festival production of Falstaff radiates humour tinged with bitterness and wisdom, and brought to life by an international ensemble cast with Christopher Purves in the title role under the inspiring baton of Vladimir Jurowski.
MACBETH (Royal Opera House) Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside Lady Macbeth: Liudmyla Monastyrska Banquo: Raymond Aceto Duncan: Ian Lindsay Malcolm: Steven Ebel Macduff: Dimitri Pittas Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Royal Opera Chorus Conductor: Antonio Pappano Director: Phyllida Lloyd
OTELLO (Liceu) Otello: José Cura Desdemona: Krassimira Stoyanova Iago: Lado Ataneli Emilia: Ketevan Kemoklidze Cassio: Vittorio Grigolo Roderigo: Vincenç Esteve Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Grand Teatre del Liceu Conductor: Antoni Ros-Marbà Director: Willy Decker
FALSTAFF (Glyndebourne) Falstaff: Christopher Purves Ford: Tassis Christoyannis Fenton: Bülent Bezdüz Doctor Caius: Peter Hoare Bardoph: Alasdair Elliott Pistol: Paolo Battaglia Alice Ford: Dina Kuznetsova Nannetta: Adriana Kučerová Glyndebourne Chorus London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski Director: Richard Jones
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/ IT (all titles), CATALA (Otello), JAPANESE (Macbeth) Running time: (Macbeth) 170 / 23 mins (Bonus); 151 mins (Otello); 136 mins (Falstaff)
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