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.

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[edit]

Year Cast
(Macbeth,
Lady Macbeth,
Banco, Macduff)
Conductor,
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

1865 Revised version[edit]

Year Cast
(Macbeth,
Lady Macbeth,
Macduff, Banco)
Conductor,
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
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
CD: EMI
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,
Peter Kelin,
Kolos Kováts
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)
DVD: TDK
Cat: DV-OPMAC
2008 Zeljko Lucic,
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 1976 Abbado version is one example.
  2. ^ a b Recordings on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk