Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth
Black, red, cream, and gold are the colors that define Phyllida Lloyd's staging for The Royal Opera of Verdi's robust, yet penetrating setting of Shakespeare's Scottish play. Manipulated by a whole coven of cunning, scarlet-turbaned witches, the characters often evoke figures in a splendid Gothic fresco. With Simon Keenlyside as an athletic, brooding Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as his Lady, both imperious and subtle, this performance, masterfully conducted by Antonio Pappano, goes far beyond mere sound and fury. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.