Verdi : Macbeth

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Verdi’s « Macbeth », staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Teodor Currentzis at the Paris Opera, with Violeta Urmana and Dimitris Tiliakos.

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Verdi : Macbeth

After public and critical acclaim for his Eugene Onegin (available on DVD from BelAir), Macbeth on Blu-ray and DVD is the latest production from Russian stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov, recorded at the Paris Opera.

Coproduced with Siberia’s Novosibirsk Opera, this new Macbeth uses cutting-edge multimedia technology to give the viewer a fresh perspective on the work. Google Earth satellite images plunge us into the heart of the action: a gloomy square surrounded by soulless buildings, and the interior of an aristocratic residence.

Witches are no more a part of Tcherniakov’s Macbeth that the duel was of Onegin, but once again the atmosphere is one of brooding claustrophobia.

Tcherniakov has chosen a great cast, beginning with the marvellous Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana as Lady Macbeth. Greek baritone Dimitris Tiliakos is a powerful presence as Macbeth, while the Italians Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) and Stefano Secco (tenor) are sumptuous as, respectively, Banquo and Macduff.

In this, his second production at the Paris Opera, Teodor Currentzis, music director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre conducts with verve and a splendid theatrical sense.


Verdi : Macbeth

Melodramma in four acts

Music : Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Libretto : Francesco Maria Piave & Andrea Maffei
after William Shakespeare

Macbeth : Dimitris Tiliakos
Banco : Ferruccio Furlanetto
Lady Macbeth : Violeta Urmana
Dama di Lady Macbeth : Letitia Singleton
Macduff : Stefano Secco
Malcolm : Alfredo Nigro
Medico/Domestico : Yuri Kissin

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris

Conducted by Teodor Currentzis

Chorus master : Alessandro Di Stefano

Stage direction, costumes & sets : Dmitri Tcherniakov

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Technical informations

HD recording : Opéra national de Paris (Opéra Bastille) | 04/2009
TV direction : Andy Sommer
Release date : 28 April 2011
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC054
Barcode : 3760115300545
Running time : 214 min.
Film : 181 min.
Bonus : “From Novossibirsk to Paris” (33 min)
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / ITA
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

Reference : BAC454
Barcode : 3760115304545
Running time : 214 min.
Film : 181 min.
Bonus : “From Novossibirsk to Paris” (33 min)
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / ITA
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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