Verdi: Macbeth / Il Trovatore / La Traviata (complete operas recorded 2002 - 2011) BLU-RAY

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Verdi: Macbeth / Il Trovatore / La Traviata (complete operas recorded 2002 - 2011) BLU-RAY
Royal Opera / Simon Keenlyside, Liudmyla Monastryrska, Jose Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renee Fleming, Joseph Calleja / Antonio Pappano & Carlo Rizzi (

[ Opus Arte / BBC Blu-Ray / 3 Blu-ray Box Set ]

Release Date: Tuesday 20 February 2018

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Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

This trio of unforgettable Royal Opera productions features some of the most cherished and admired examples of Verdi's operatic genius. The composer returned to his early masterpiece Macbeth after the great successes Il trovatore and La traviata had propelled him to universal fame, and his 1865 revision - today the most popular version of the work - shares the marks of dramatic and musical innovation that enshrine all three operas as undying classics. Phyllida Lloyd stages Verdi's setting of the Scottish play, featuring Simon Keenlyside's athletic, brooding Thane opposite Liudmyla Monastyrska's imperious Lady. Rivalry blazes between José Cura's troubadour and Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Count in an Elijah Moshinsky production with sets by noted film designer Dante Ferretti. Starring as the ill-fated courtesan Violetta in Richard Eyre's classic production is Renée Fleming, loved by Joseph Calleja as Alfredo against the wishes of his unyielding father, played by Thomas Hampson. Verdi's best-loved works brought vividly to life.

Running time:
Il trovatore: 136 min (opera) + 36 min (extras)
La traviata: 133 min (opera) + 21 min (extras)
Macbeth: 170 min (opera) + 23 min (extras)

"Lloyd's Covent Garden staging of Verdi's opera has a good deal going for it; there's plenty of atmosphere in Anthony Ward's aptly dark-toned sets...Keenlyside sings the title role with imagination and insight....Pappano is an authoritative Verdian, punching the score out into the theatre." BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 **** [Macbeth]

"Elijah Moshinsky's production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi's intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is everything one could want to see and hear in a Verdi baritone. This new "Trovatore" DVD is a reminder that not every golden age happened long ago" San Francisco Chronicle [Il Trovatore]

"Vocally, [Fleming] is on good form at almost every turn... Calleja must sound authentic enough as an Italianate tenor for anyone...I always have the impression that [Pappano] works with the singers rather than challenging them to a duel. The chorus and orchestra respond fittingly to his direction." International Record Review [La Traviata]

La Traviata [Renee Fleming]