Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with Operavore

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In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday we're celebrating his work on the operatic stage. Tune into the Operavore stream every day this week at 2 pm to hear an opera based on his plays.



Shakespeare – poet, playwright and actor is largely considered one of the greatest writers the English language has ever known. It's his work for the stage that have captured the hearts and minds of many a composer. Below are just a few opera composers who have adapted the Bard's theatrical works for the operatic stage. Tune in to hear these performances throughout the week on the Operavore stream. 

Monday: Verdi: Macbeth

Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Macbeth: Leonard Warren
Lady Macbeth: Leonie Rysanek
Benquo: Jerome Hines
Macduff: Carlo Bergonzi
Malcom: William Olvis
Lady in Attendance: Carlotta Ordassy
A Physician: Gerhard Pechner
A Murderer: Osie Hawkins
Three Apparitions: Calvin Marsh, Emilia Cundari, Mildred Allen
A Manservant: Harold Sternberg
Metropolitan Opera and Chorus 

Tuesday: Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict 

Conductor: John Nelson 
Susan Graham
Benedict: Jean-Luc Viala
Hero: Sylvia McNair
Ursule: Catherine Robbin
Claudio: Gilles Cachemaille
Somarone: Gabriel Bacquier
Don Pedro: Vincent Le Texier
Leonato: Phillippe Magnant
Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus 

Wednesday: Verdi: Otello

Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Otello: Jon Vickers
Desdemona: Leonie Rysanek
Iago: Tito Gobbi
Cassio: Florindo Andreolli
Roderigo: Mario Carlin
Lodovico: Ferruccio Mazzoli
Montano: Franco Calabrese
A Herald: Robert Kerns
Emilia: Myriam Pirazzini 
Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus 

Thursday: Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Conductor: Bernhard Klee
Sir John Falstaff: Kurt Moll
Herr Fluth: Bernd Weikl
Herr Reich: SiegfriedVogel 
Fenton: Peter Schreier
Junker Spärlich: Karl-Ernst Merker
Dr. Cajus: Claude Dormoy
Frau Fluth: Edith Mathis
Frau Reich: Hanna Schwarz
Anna: Helen Donath
Ein Bürger: Kurt Ludwig
Sprecher: Helmuth Straßburger 
Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin 

Friday: Verdi: Falstaff

Metropolitan Opera (Broadcast on December 14, 2013)

Conductor: James Levine
Dr. Caius: Carlo Bosi
Sir John Falstaff: Ambrogio Maestri
Bardolfo: Keith Jameson
Pistola: Christian Van Horn
Meg Page: Jennifer Johnson Cano
Alice Ford: Angela Meade
Mistress Quickly: Stephanie Blythe
Nannetta: Lisette Oropesa
Fenton: Paolo Fanale
Ford: Franco Vassallo