VERDI Macbeth / Netrebko, Lucic, Pape, Luisi

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Macbeth
Anna Netrebko · Zeljko Lucic
René Pape · Joseph Calleja
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Fabio Luisi

Production Adrian Noble
Int. Release 02 Oct. 2015
1 Blu-ray Video
0440 073 5234 2
STEREO: PCM
SURROUND: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Picture format: 1080i / 60i / 16:9
Filmed live in High Definition
Subtitles: Italian, English/German/French/Spanish
Chinese/Korean
A Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production


Tracklisting

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
1.
0:51

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Anita Rachvelishvili

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Macbeth

3.
3:17

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Act 1

Introduzione

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Zeljko Lucic, René Pape, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Scena e cavatina

Anna Netrebko, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Anna Netrebko, Christopher Job, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Anna Netrebko, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Recitativo e marcia

11.
3:34

Gran scena e duetto

Zeljko Lucic, Anna Netrebko, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Finale I

Joseph Calleja, René Pape, Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, Claudia Waite, Noah Baetge, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Zeljko Lucic, René Pape, Noah Baetge, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Act 2

Scena ed aria

Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

17.
4:39

Anna Netrebko, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Coro di sicari e scena

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

René Pape, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Convito, visione e finale II

20.
1:51

Zeljko Lucic, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Claudia Waite, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Zeljko Lucic, Claudia Waite, Richard Bernstein, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, Joseph Calleja, Claudia Waite, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Zeljko Lucic, Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko, Claudia Waite, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Anita Rachvelishvili

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Macbeth

Act 3

Coro

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Recitativo, apparizioni e duetto finale

Zeljko Lucic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

29.
4:03

Zeljko Lucic, Anna Netrebko, Seth Malkin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Act 4

Coro

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Scena ed aria

Joseph Calleja, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Joseph Calleja, Noah Baetge, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Gran scena del sonnambulismo

Claudia Waite, James Courtney, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Anna Netrebko, Claudia Waite, James Courtney, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Scena, battaglia ed inno finale

Zeljko Lucic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

37.
2:16

Zeljko Lucic, Claudia Waite, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Joseph Calleja, Zeljko Lucic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Joseph Calleja, Noah Baetge, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, Joseph Calleja, René Pape, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Gesamtspielzeit: 2:34:10

The singing throughout is first-class, particularly Zeljko Lucicin the title role. Anna Netrebko contiunues to amaze as she assumes heavier roles and is a perfect Lady Macbeth and the wide range of the role is no problem for her -- and her acting is great . . . This is a near definitive "Macbeth", a feast for all.

. . . [Noble's] direction is frequently gripping, aided by two magnificent central performances. Anna Netrebko's darker soprano of recent years is now perfectly suited to Verdi's heavier roles; her voluptuous lower register is ravishing and the voice has grown in size . . . Dramatically, Netrebko gives a gripping portrayal, topped by a mesmeric sleepwalking scene . . . While many flocked to the Met for Netrebko's Lady, it was a performance matched by Zeljko Lucic's Macbeth. His velvety timbre and stylish phrasing mark him out as one of the few Verdi baritones today worthy of the description. René Pape and Joseph Calleja are luxury casting as Banco and Macduff, both in beautiful voice, while Fabio Luisi revels in the score's dark "tinta", conducting an urgent, pacy performance. Highly recommended.

Lots to recommend in this opera. It's a keeper . . . As Macbeth, Zeljko Lucic does a decent job, particularly at the beginning as he totes his AK-47 and milks the witches for info. His baritone voice blends with René Pape's bass in the ominous aria "Due vaticini." Of course the real drama occurs later, when Anna Netrebko's Lady Macbeth sings her double aria "Vieni! t'affretta" -- you're hooked unless you have ice water in your veins . . . Her singing is consistently dramatic, and her acting veers towards excess but never quite plunges into it. Their interactions with each other are riveting, both alone and in the public hall where Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost . . . her rendition of "Una macchia" ("Out, damned spot") is easily her best scene in the opera . . . Luisi's orchestral accompaniment is flawless.

Netrebko's voice is voluminous and has a good cutting edge. She is vocally flamboyant . . . With her Veronica Lake mane and voluptuous figure, she looks stunning . . . she has all the makings of a great Lady . . . [Zeljko Lucic's] baritone is rich and true. René Pape is a luxuriously dependable Banquo and Joseph Calleja a plangent Macduff. Fabio Luisi drives a hard but disciplined reading, and the chorus is particularly strong. Adrian Noble's production is visually simple . . . but it has pace and showcases its stars well.

. . . here she is, Lady Macbeth in New York, seductive in her silk chiffon dress, packing the house again to capacity, her voice extending to a high D flat and also extending the Met's sagging profits. Fortunately, the rest of the cast is not outclassed by Netrebko's radiance. The great basso René Pape (Banquo) is a distinguished credit to a rather short role (as he gets killed quickly) and so is the tenor, Joseph Calleja (Macduff), but at least he survives. Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic (Macbeth) is a fine character actor with a strong voice . . . Exciting yet sensitively refined conducting . . .

Not just the best "Macbeth", but among the best opera videos ever . . . [Zeljko Lucic] has been singing this role now for several years and seems to have simply gotten better over time, fully growing into the role. Lucic's rich, mellifluous singing is a particular treat . . . Netrebko has developed a big, powerful voice ideal for some more dramatic roles, while still retaining the lyric tonal beauty that made her a star. She also brings the ability to sing softly in the role, a technique many dramatic sopranos simply lack . . . She is already the best Lady M in my experience, and, in my judgment, the best on video . . . The principal singers are all in fine voice here; not a note goes astray. Stir in the peerless Met orchestra under Fabio Luisi and then add a healthy dollop of the peerless Met chorus under Donald Palumbo, and what you get is a magical witches' brew of some of the finest music-making I have heard . . . [this Adrian Noble production] creates the necessary atmospheric settings of this opera simply but effectively . . . Highly recommended.

Der Hit der Herbstsaison 2014 . . . Vor allem wegen Anna Netrebko . . . Sie glänzt als blondes Gattinnengift mit festen, gleißenden Tönen, geht volles Risiko ein und gewinnt auch in der Großaufnahme . . . [charaktervoll sind Zeljko Lucics] Singen und seine Rollengestaltung . . . Mit prächtig laufender Bassroutine und präzise gesetzten Spitzentönen sekundieren Rene Pape (Banco) und Joseph Calleja (Macduff) . . . Nobel gibt sich Noble, spult das blutige Geschehen ohne Geisterbahngedöns ab . . .

. . . [Netrebko verkörpert Lady Macbeth] nicht nur in ihrem Spiel, sondern vor allem mit ihrer dunklen Stimme. Sie muss ihre Basis, den Wohlklang, nicht verlassen, um den bösartigen Charakter der Lady auszudrücken. Sie macht es mit Klangfarben und Ausdruck. Ihr großes Plus ist die Mühelosigkeit des Gesangs, die uns im besten Belcanto-Stil klangvolle Höhen und Expressivität liefert. Dabei schont Anna Netrebko sich nicht, wie man etwa im Einsatz in der Cabaletta der Arie "Vieni! T'affretta" erkennt. Insgesamt also gelingt ihr der Beweis, dass eine Lady Macbeth nicht unschön klingen muss, sondern trotz souveräner Stimmbeherrschung faszinierend sein kann . . . [in dieser Produktion besitzt der Charakter Macbeth] durchaus Stärke. Das liegt auch an der schönen, warmen Stimme von Zeljko Lucic, die bei Verdi immer besonders aufblüht -- kulminierend in der Szene "Pietà, rispetto, onore", die er mit an- und abschwellenden Tönen zugleich kunstvoll gestaltet und schlicht singt . . . René Pape ist mit seinem dunklen, klangvollen Bass eine erfreuliche Luxusbesetzung für den Banco . . . Fabio Luisi animiert Chor und Orchester der Metropolitan Opera zu einer ganz starken Leistung. Er weiß, wie man Verdi effektvoll, aber nicht zu lärmend musiziert und wann er subtil zu begleiten hat und wann die Kollektive Akzente setzen müssen . . . die düstere Atmosphäre wird insgesamt gut getroffen und viele starke Bilder kommen auf der Blu-ray besonders brillant heraus . . . [die souveräne Bildregie bietet] die Sänger in ungewöhnlichen, sehenswerten Großaufnahmen sowie aus interessanten Perspektiven und der Totalen. Momente wie die Schlafwandlerszene mit einer über Stühle schreitenden und fast entrückt singenden Lady Macbeth bleiben in Erinnerung.

Anna Netrebko incarne une Lady Macbeth très convaincante . . . Anna Netrebko s'empare du rôle dont elle exprime toutes les facettes avec cette intelligence émotionnelle qui a fait la réussite de ses rôles antérieurs . . . En fosse, Fabio Luisi défend avec clarté l'avancée du drame: un drame qui s'affirme à grands coups de tableaux visuellement mémorables . . . Tout autant convaincants sont ses partenaires hommes, surtour René Pape en Banquo et Joseph Calleja en Macduff.

Premier atout de cette soirée new-yorkaise: l'incarnation d'Anna Netrebko . . . [la soprano russe] s'est pleinement approprié les héroines verdiennes . . . [René Pape] impose un Banco inquiétant de noirceur, Joseph Calleja éclaire un peu l'obscurité par la lumière de son timbre et de son chant . . . Un Macbeth pour "la" Netrebko.

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