Verdi: Macbeth

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave & Andrea Maffei
after William Shakespeare
Macbeth: Dimitris Tiliakos
Banco: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Lady Macbeth: Violeta Urmana
Dama di Lady Macbeth: Letitia Singleton
Macduff: Stefano Secco
Malcolm: Alfredo Nigro
Medico/Domestico: Yuri Kissin
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris
Conducted by Teodor Currentzis
Chorus master: Alessandro Di Stefano
Stage direction, costumes & sets: Dmitri Tcherniakov
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After public and critical acclaim for his Eugene Onegin (available on DVD from BelAir), Macbeth on Blu-ray and DVD is the latest production from Russian stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov, recorded at the Paris Opera.

Coproduced with Siberia’s Novosibirsk Opera, this new Macbeth uses cutting-edge multimedia technology to give the viewer a fresh perspective on the work. Google Earth satellite images plunge us into the heart of the action: a gloomy square surrounded by soulless buildings, and the interior of an aristocratic residence.

Witches are no more a part of Tcherniakov’s Macbeth that the duel was of Onegin, but once again the atmosphere is one of brooding claustrophobia.

Tcherniakov has chosen a great cast, beginning with the marvellous Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana as Lady Macbeth. Greek baritone Dimitris Tiliakos is a powerful presence as Macbeth, while the Italians Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) and Stefano Secco (tenor) are sumptuous as, respectively, Banquo and Macduff.

In this, his second production at the Paris Opera, Teodor Currentzis, music director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre conducts with verve and a splendid theatrical sense.