Among the hundreds of Shakespeare-based operas, truly successful examples are astonishingly rare — a generous estimate would put the count at about half-a-dozen. Even more remarkable is that Verdi alone accounted for three of them. His Macbeth may not be heard quite so often as Otello and Falstaff, but it's still among his finest scores.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's Macbeth in a production from the Royal Theater in Madrid, starring soprano Violeta Urmana as Lady Macbeth and baritone Dimitris Tiliakos in the title role.
Macbeth: Dimitris Tiliakos (baritone)
Lady Macbeth: Violeta Urmana (soprano)
Banco: Dmitri Ulanov (bass)
Macduff: Stevano Secco (tenor)
Malcolm: Alfredo Nigro (tenor)
Lady-in-Waiting: Marifé Nogales (mezzo-soprano)
Doctor: Yuri Kissin (bass)
Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Teodor Currentzis, conductor