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Macbeth

Synopsis
Live recording of Verdi’s Macbeth from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Renata Scotto and Sherill Milnes are the Macbeths. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Peter Allen is the broadcast announcer.
Series
Texaco-Metropolitan Opera Radio Network
Language
Italian (Standard)
Country
United States
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
18 Dec 1982 at 14:00 (Channel: ABC)
Duration
207 (49 synopses and features); 158 (opera)

Credits

Writer
Francesco Maria Piave
Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Cast
Sherrill MilnesMacbeth
Renata ScottoLady Macbeth
Timothy JenkinsMacduff
John GilmoreMalcolm
Paul PlishkaBanquo
Andrew MurphyKing Duncan
Christina Kumi KimballHecate
Elyssa LindnerBloody child
James BrewerHerald (Messenger)
James CourtneyMurderer
Karen BureauGentlewoman
Pauline AudreySpirit
Peter McCallumFleance
Richard VernonDoctor of Physic
Russell ChristopherWarrior
Suzanne Der DerianCrowned child
Talmage HarperServant of Macbeth (Servant)

Additional Details

Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
Theatre company
New York Metropolitan Opera and Chorus
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The opera may be streamed by US subscribers to Sirius Satellite Radio http://www.sirius.com/siriusinternetradio. Available for downloading or streaming at http://archives.metoperafamily.org/archives/frame.htm (2008).
Reviews
Henahan, Donald, The New York Times (October 29, 2008). Henahan writes "The quicker said, the better: Peter Hall’s ‘Macbeth’ may just be the worst new production to struggle onto the the Metropolitan Opera’s stage in modern history. That claim, admittedly, covers a lot of territory and could be disputed by oldtimers, but it is not made lightly. What Mr. Hall and John Bury, who designed the sets and costumes, could have been thinking of when they devised this lumpish and often ludicrous staging of Verdi’s first Shakespeare opera last night is difficult to imagine".

Production Company

Name

Metropolitan Opera, New York

Address
USA

Sponsor

Name

Texaco

Archive

Name

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound

Email
rha@nypl.org
Web
http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/rha/rha.html External site opens in new window
Phone
(212) 870 1663
Address
New York Public Library of Recorded Sound
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York
NY 100123

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