Željko Lučić, John Relyea and Maria Guleghina star in Verdi's early operatic masterpiece, Macbeth - filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera..
EMI Classics continues its collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera with a new production of Verdi's richly haunting opera, Macbeth, as part of this season's Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series.
For the first time in 20-years, the Metropolitan Opera presents the first of Verdi's three operas based on Shakespeare, 'in a stylistically eclectic, grimly effective and, at times, intriguingly playful production' (New York Times) by English director Adrian Noble, making his Met debut.
At the time of composition, Macbeth was unique. Not only was it considered both musically and dramatically bold, but it was the first opera that can truly be described as Shakespearean. It was the first that altered operatic conventions to serve the play rather than converting the play into traditional operatic formulas.
After 35 highly successful years as Music director of the Metropolitan Opera, a relationship unparalleled and unique in the musical world today, James Levine conducts Verdi's haunting score with tension and a type of brutality that this chilling work commands.
Discs: 2 DVD
Format: 1x DVD-9 (DVD1) & 1x DVD-5 (DVD2)
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Region Coding: region free
Subtitles: Italian / English / German / French / Spanish
Date Recorded: January 2008 / Metropolitan Opera / New York City
Running Time: approx. 157 mins.