VERDI, G.: Macbeth (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2006)

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Macbeth
Libretto/Text Author: Piave, Francesco Maria
Libretto Source: Shakespeare, William

Dama di Lady Macbeth: Tramonti, Tiziana
Il medico: Turco, Enrico
Lady Macbeth: Valayre, Sylvie
Macbeth: Nucci, Leo

Set/Stage Designer: Ferretti, Dante
Costume Designer: Verso, Alberto
Lighting Designer: Rossi, Sergio
Choreographer: Amodio, Amedeo
Stage Director: Cavani, Liliana
Television Producer: Vitellozzi, Erica
Television Director: Bevilacqua, Andrea

Date of Production: 06-2006
Venue: Teatro Regio, Parma
Playing Time: 02:36:17
Catalogue Number: DVWW-OPMACPA
UPC: 824121002251

Synopsis

Macbeth occupies a special place in Verdi's overall output: it is his only opera without an amorous intrigue, and it is also his first Shakespearean opera. Shakespeare was one of his "favourite poets," the composer admitted, "a poet whose works I have had in my hands from my earliest youth and one whom I read and reread constantly."

This staging of the four-act dramatic opera that tells the story of the Scottish nobleman Macbeth, who is corrupted by power and loses his wife, his sanity and finally his life to his ambitions. The plot, set in Scotland in the middle of the 11th century, represents Verdi's advance into realism. He developed a completely new approach to characterization, in which characters and actions are treated with a hitherto unprecedented degree of realism and began to explore his own scenario for the first time.

Thus a staging as close to the plot and its psychological context becomes inevitable. Internationally renowned film director Liliana Cavani (best known for the 1974 film Night Porter with Charlotte Rampling) takes the conflict of a man torn between two female force fields at face value and shows Lady Macbeth's lascivious insinuations and the seductive prophecies of the witches as elements of the pitfalls that both real and our subconscious urges provide.

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