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Macbeth: Zurich Opera House (Welser-Most) [DVD] [2005]

Thomas Hampson , Paoletta Marrocu , Thomas Grimm    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Hampson, Paoletta Marrocu, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Luis Lima, Liuba Chuchrova
  • Directors: Thomas Grimm
  • Writers: Andrea Maffei, Francesco Maria Piave, William Shakespeare
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Tdk Mediactive
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069KKQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,348 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Thomas Hampson takes the lead role in this production of Verdi's opera recorded live at the Zurich Opera House in 2001. Franz Welser-Most conducts.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad but it works 23 April 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was somewhat apprehensive when I first watched this DVD because I am not a great fan of David Pountney's work and he directed this production. Nevertheless I had to see it because Thomas Hampson plays Macbeth. I am very glad that I bought this DVD because I was actually pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. There is sheer madness here - the witches for example are just crazy - their costumes and behaviour are simply bizarre. However, in a strange way this all works for this particular opera because one of its central themes is madness. The real problem with Macbeth is usually that it is fairly laughable. Verdi's music is generally just too jolly for such a dramatic piece and it so often descends into almost farce, or at the very least a sort of Gilbert and Sullivan meets Offenbach type of experience. The great strength of this production is that it makes the whole thing completely serious and so brings out the true drama of the events.

The set is essentially a large box with some solid and some transparent walls. It is placed centre stage and used in various orientations for the different scenes. This is amazingly effective. I particularly love the scene where Lady Macbeth sings a hugely dramatic aria from the top of this box.

What crowns this production, however, is the sheer quality of the music in all of its aspects. Its two central characters are absolutely stunning. Thomas Hampson is just brilliant as Macbeth. He is absolutely magisterial at the start and progressively more paranoid as the drama progresses. His vocal quality is just supreme, beautiful, dramatic and subtle. I have never heard Macbeth sung better. Equally wonderful is the performance of Paoletta Marrocu as Lady Macbeth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest crime 29 July 2010
By V.A.
The biggest crime, the biggest sin is, repeating the director, David Pountney from his interview on the disc, the unnatural and pervert act of killing human being, which is your guest. It is really worth to pre-watch the interviews of the director and performers before watching this opera.
I give it 5 stars, despite its controversy and many discussions.
Music is great, the conductor Franz Welser-Möst does his job perfectly, Thomas Hampson and Paoletta Marrocu created electricity between general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and all supporting roles were also very convincing. Especially interesting is the conception of witches. I watched this disc several times already and this is one of my favorite "Macbeth's"
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5.0 out of 5 stars extraordenary preformence. 25 Jun 2005
I rent this DVD from a Classicall DVD library. I whatch this DVD twice. The set was unconventional, and show an unchronologicle time. The singers featuring where wearing close like uniform of today. they look like a very toghuh wariers. All the singers from the choir (man and women and mixture) sang lovely in united voices with beatifull harmony and clear diction (witch is very dificult to achieve by a choir). The Soloist of the weatches were singing beatifull with clear voices. Luis Lima and the man who sang Banco where very conviensing as the soldier who lost all of his fammily and macbeth's freind who gave the foreboding filling in to his vocal line before he was killed. The lady and the doctor where also very good in the way they shaw their mecy to lady macbeth. I heard Paoleta morroco for the first time and she was very good and charismatic singer, matching with Hampson huge vigorously charisma. It was very important that lady macbeth will look scary at the begining and weak and broken at the end. I realy fell sory for her in her last siene when she is trying to clean an invisible blood spot. Her dramatic soprano show musidantship and was beatiful. she has a fluidly coleratura singing that was soft full of expression of the eval and freajil character. The last and not least is Tomas Hampson: This bariton amazed me as he always. Hampson is a light liriqu bariton. Theoreticly it is not very common to use him for the role, sience conductor will prefer a dramatic bariton (like sherill milnes, Bryn Terfell et cet. Yet Hampson has something: he has resonance and vocal abillity beyond the lightness of his voice. I am tallking aboat color and the way his colors the wards. Read more ›
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Good 6 July 2008
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I never like modern productions - I get annoyed when they change the plot or put people in silly costumes - and I got annoyed a lot by the visuals of this DVD - but it sounds good and the subtitles are OK.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-release of interesting production 21 Jan 2011
By Susie L. Mclean - Published on
This DVD has been released previously. If you search for "MacBeth" you'll be able to find the entry starring Hampson, Marriocu, Scandiuzzi, et al. I've already commented on the previous release, and there are quite a few reviews. Please check them out - this is a very interesting MacBeth.
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