, February 2014
Verdi’s Macbeth poses a challenge to any company with the audacity to mount it. It’s layered and fascinating, but it needs a strong cast of singers and a director with a clear-cut purpose to do justice to Verdi, Shakespeare, and convey the deep-seated drama in the music and libretto. In another installment of the Teatro Regio di Parma’s “Tutto Verdi” series, the small, ambitious house gives a performance that almost perfectly achieves those goals.
Cavani’s production is superbly conceived, and, for the most part, is served well by the singers in this video.
The chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma is top notch with special praise going to the women’s chorus as the witches. Amodeo Amodio’s creative…choreography keeps the talented Compagnia Balletto di Roma very busy during the performance.
While Valayre’s Lady Macbeth is a good reason to buy this DVD, an equally good one would be for the direction of the late conductor, Bruno Bartoletti. Clearly a master, he brings out a huge variety of color from the very talented orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Parma, with special props to the woodwind section.
A definite must-have for anybody who loves an exhilarating Lady Macbeth and a thought-provoking production. © 2014 Parterre Box Read complete review