Verdi: Macbeth (ROH)





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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2012

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Black, red, cream and gold are the colours that define Phyllida Lloyd's Royal Opera House staging of Verdi's robust, yet penetrating setting of Shakespeare's Scottish play. Manipulated by a whole coven of cunning, scarlet-turbanned witches, the characters often evoke figures in a splendid Gothic fresco. With Simon Keenlyside making his British 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.

The production was screened LIVE to cinemas around the world, June 2011.

'...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

Liudmyla Monastryrska -- recently made her ROH debut.. 'Thrilled from the from the very beginning'. Seen and Heard International

'Keenlyside brings all the quality one expects to the title role'. www.musicalcriticism.com

Antonio Pappano conducting his first Macbeth at Covent Garden...'He conducted Verdi's score with a tangible sense of drama and fire'. Seen and Heard International

Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside
Banquo: Raymond Aceto
Lady Macbeth: Liudmyla Monastryrska
Servant: Nigel Cliffe
Malcolm: Steven Ebel
Lady: Elisabeth Meister
Macduff: Dmitri Pittas

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Stage Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Recorded live at The Royal Opera House,
13 June, 2011

Extra features:
Cast gallery
Interviews with Simon Keenlyside, Raymond Aceto and Liudmyla Monastryrska
Rehearsing Macbeth with Antonio Pappano

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