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Verdi

Synopsis
In the last episode of the radio series exploring the life and works of Giuseppe Verdi, presenter Donald Macleod explores the composer’s Shakespeare opera - Macbeth, and his final two operatic essays Otello and Falstaff. According to BBC Programme information,
the three chosen excerpts "show the protagonists losing control in one way or another: Lady Macbeth, in the famous sleepwalking scene, is unable to suppress her murderous guilt; Otello is unable to control his jealously and rage; and Falstaff, tricked into taking cover in a laundry basket, finds himself at the mercy of gravity, as he’s unceremoniously tossed out of a window into the River Thames".
The sleepwalking scene from Macbeth, Act 2("Gran scena del sonnambulismo: Vegliammo invan due notti") features Shirley Verrett as Lady Macbeth and is performed by the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, with Claudio Abbado as conducter. "La vedetta del porto" from the opening of Act 3 of Otello is performed with Placido Domingo in the title role with Myung-Whun Chung conducting the Orchestre de l’Opera Bastille.
Falstaff Act 2, Part 2 with Tito Gobbi in the lead is performed by Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
Series
Composer of the Week
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
23 Jul 2010 at 12:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Producer
Chris Barstow
Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Contributor
Claudio Abbado; Donald Macleod; Herbert von Karajan; Myung-Whun Chung
Cast
Tito GobbiSir John Falstaff
Shirley VerrettLady Macbeth
Sergei LeiferkusIago
Fedora BarbieriMistress Quickly
Rolando PaneraiFrank Ford
Anna MoffoNannata
Carlo ZardoDoctor (English)
Luigi AlvaFenton
Nicola ZaccariaPistol
Philippe DuminyHerald
Renato ErcolaniBardolph
Stefania MalaguGentlewoman
Tomaso SpataroDoctor Caius

Additional Details

Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Macbeth; Merry Wives of Windsor, The; Othello
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
opera; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Notes

History
Episode 5 of 5.
Reviews
Source: Radio Times, BBC Programme Information http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t374w (accessed 8/2010)

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
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Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
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