COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi
With Simon Keenlyside making his British role debut, as an athletic, brooding Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as his Lady, both imperious and subtle, this performance, masterfully conducted by Antonio Pappano, goes far beyond mere sound and fury. '. . . an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling.' The Guardian.
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"Questa edizione di Macbeth, andata in scena al Royal Opera House, è sicuramente una delle più prestigiose e raccomandabili che hanno visto la luce del palcoscenico negli ultimi anni."--Central Palc
". . . voici assurément l'une des meilleures productions du Royal Opera House."--Lucas Irom, classiquenews.com
"An intensely musical performance by Simon Keenlyside in the title role and a deeply considered production by Phyllida Lloyd, each of them attuned to the sound and the sense of Verdi's music, put this Macbeth at the top of the DVD competition for this tricky opera. Keenlyside's performance is highly detailed in vocal terms. He can be dreamy or pensive, as well as tormented, as the role requires. The dagger monologue is sung with reserves of breath, and the final section of the Act II finale, 'Sangue a me,' is sung with the sort of Verdian legato that is supposedly extinct today. Verdi provided an unusually wide range of expression marks for this role, even more than in many of his later operas, and Keenlyside has worked them all into his portrayal as if he had thought up the ideas himself. As an actor, he gives every indication that he would be capable of carrying the role in Shakespeare's play.
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"Liudmyla Monastryska's Lady Macbeth is unusually well sung."
"A mixed bag, at best, with a production that doesn't have a unified concept."--Patrick Mack, parterre.com