Macbeth discography

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This is a list of recordings of Macbeth , an opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The first performance of the work was on 14 March 1847 at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. Verdi subsequently revised the work and the first performance of this version was on 21 April 1865 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris.

<i>Macbeth</i> (opera) opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Macbeth is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and additions by Andrea Maffei, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Written for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, it was Verdi's tenth opera and premiered on 14 March 1847. Macbeth was the first Shakespeare play that Verdi adapted for the operatic stage. Almost twenty years later, Macbeth was revised and expanded in a French version and given in Paris on 19 April 1865.

Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

Teatro della Pergola theatre in Florence, Italy

The Teatro della Pergola is a historic opera house in Florence, Italy. It is located in the centre of the city on the Via della Pergola, from which the theatre takes its name. It was built in 1656 under the patronage of Cardinal Gian Carlo de' Medici to designs by the architect Ferdinando Tacca, son of the sculptor Pietro Tacca; its inaugural production was the opera buffa, Il potestà di Colognole by Jacopo Melani. The opera house, the first to be built with superposed tiers of boxes rather than raked semi-circular seating in the Roman fashion, is considered to be the oldest in Italy, having occupied the same site for more than 350 years.


Some recordings [1] and some performances today incorporate both Macbeth's final aria before he dies (from the original version) and the revised version's ending with the soldiers' chorus.

1847 original version

Lady Macbeth,
Banco, Macduff)
opera house and orchestra
Label [2]
1978 Peter Glossop,
Rita Hunter,
John Tomlinson,
Kenneth Collins
John Matheson
BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers
CD: Opera Rara
Cat: ORCV 301
2018 Giovanni Meoni,
Nadja Michael,
Fabrizio Beggi,
Giuseppe Valentino Buzza
Fabio Biondi
Europa Galante
CD: Glossa Music

1865 revised version

Lady Macbeth,
Macduff, Banco)
opera house and orchestra
Label [2]
1947 Francesco Valentino,
Margherita Grandi,
Walter Midgley,
Italo Tajo
Berthold Goldschmidt
Scottish Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
(Live recording from Edinburgh Festival, 27 August 1947)
CD: Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions
Cat: CRQ CD004-5
1951Ivan Petroff,
Astrid Varnay,
Gino Penno,
Italo Tajo
Vittorio Gui
Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Communale di Firenze
(Live performance May 6)
Cat: CD-10939-2
1952 Enzo Mascherini,
Maria Callas,
Gino Penno,
Italo Tajo
Victor de Sabata
La Scala Chorus and Orchestra
(Live recording of 7 Dec. performance)
CD: Myto
Cat: MCD 063 H 115
1959 Leonard Warren,
Leonie Rysanek,
Carlo Bergonzi,
Jerome Hines
Erich Leinsdorf
Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
CD: RCA Victor
Cat: 4516-2-RG
1964 Giuseppe Taddei,
Birgit Nilsson,
Bruno Prevedi,
Giovanni Foiani
Thomas Schippers,
Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 433 039-2
1970 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
Elena Souliotis,
Luciano Pavarotti,
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Lamberto Gardelli,
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 440 048-2
1976 Piero Cappuccilli,
Shirley Verrett,
Plácido Domingo,
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Claudio Abbado,
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 449 732-2
1976 Sherrill Milnes,
Fiorenza Cossotto,
José Carreras,
Ruggero Raimondi
Riccardo Muti,
New Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Cat: CMS 5 67128-2
1986 Leo Nucci,
Shirley Verrett,
Veriano Luchetti,
Samuel Ramey
Riccardo Chailly,
Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra and Chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 417 525-2
DVD: Decca,
Cat: 073 4380 and 1040309 (US)
1986 Piero Cappuccilli,
Sylvia Sass,
Péter Kelen  [ hu ],
Kolos Kováts  [ hu ]
Lamberto Gardelli,
Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus and Budapest Symphony Orchestra
CD: Hungaroton
Cat: HCD 12738-40
1987 Renato Bruson,
Mara Zampieri,
Neil Shicoff,
Robert Lloyd
Giuseppe Sinopoli,
Orchester und Chor der Deutsche Oper Berlin
(Live recording on video)
DVD: ArtHaus Musik
Cat: 100 141
2001 Thomas Hampson,
Paoletta Marrocu,
Luis Lima,
Roberto Scandiuzzi
Franz Welser-Möst,
Chorus and Orchestra of the Zürich Opera House
(Live recording)
2008 Željko Lučić,
Maria Guleghina,
John Relyea,
Dimitri Pittas
James Levine,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
(Live recording of 12 Jan. performance)
DVD: EMI Classics
Cat: 2063049
2013 Leo Nucci,
Sylvie Valayre,
Enrico Iori,
Roberto Iuliano
Bruno Bartoletti,
Teatro Regio di Parma (2006 production)
Drected by Liliana Cavani, video direction by Andrea Bevilacqua  [ it ]
DVD: C Major
Cat: 722008

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  1. The 1976 Abbado version is one example.
  2. 1 2 Recordings on