Macbeth discography (opera)

This is a list of recordings of Macbeth, an opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The first performance of the work was on 14 March 1847 at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. Verdi subsequently revised the work and the first performance of this version was on 21 April 1865 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris.

Some recordings[1] and some performances today incorporate both Macbeth's final aria before he dies (from the original version) and the revised version's ending with the soldiers' chorus.

1847 Original version

Year Cast
Lady Macbeth,
Banco, Macduff)
Opera House and Orchestra
1978 Peter Glossop,
Rita Hunter,
John Tomlinson,
Kenneth Collins
John Matheson
BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers
CD: Opera Rara
Cat: ORCV 301

1865 Revised version

Year Cast
Lady Macbeth,
Macduff, Banco)
Opera House and Orchestra
1947 Francesco Valentino,
Margherita Grandi,
Walter Midgley,
Italo Tajo
Berthold Goldschmidt
Scottish Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
(Live recording from Edinburgh Festival, 27 August 1947)
CD: Classical Recordings Quarterly Editions
Cat: CRQ CD004-5
1952 Enzo Mascherini,
Maria Callas,
Gino Penno,
Italo Tajo
Victor de Sabata
La Scala Chorus and Orchestra
(Live recording of 7 Dec. performance)
CD: Myto
Cat: MCD 063 H 115
1959 Leonard Warren,
Leonie Rysanek,
Carlo Bergonzi,
Jerome Hines
Erich Leinsdorf
Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Cat: GD 84516
1964 Giuseppe Taddei,
Birgit Nilsson,
Bruno Prevedi,
Giovanni Foiani
Thomas Schippers,
Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 433 039-2
1970 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
Elena Souliotis,
Luciano Pavarotti,
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Lamberto Gardelli,
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 440 048-2
1976 Piero Cappuccilli,
Shirley Verrett,
Plácido Domingo,
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Claudio Abbado,
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 449 732-2
1976 Sherrill Milnes,
Fiorenza Cossotto,
José Carreras,
Ruggero Raimondi
Riccardo Muti,
New Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Cat: CMS 5 67128-2
1986 Leo Nucci,
Shirley Verrett,
Veriano Luchetti,
Samuel Ramey
Riccardo Chailly,
Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra and Chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 417 525-2
DVD: Decca,
Cat: 073 4380 and 1040309 (US)
1987 Renato Bruson,
Mara Zampieri,
Neil Shicoff,
Robert Lloyd
Giuseppe Sinopoli,
Orchester und Chor der Deutsche Oper Berlin
(Live recording)
DVD Video: ArtHaus Musik
Cat: 100 141
2001 Thomas Hampson,
Paoletta Marrocu,
Luis Lima,
Roberto Scandiuzzi
Franz Welser-Möst,
Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House
(Live recording)
DVD Video: TDK
2008 Zeljko Lucic,
Maria Guleghina,
John Relyea,
Dimitri Pittas
James Levine,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
(Live recording of 12 Jan. performance)
DVD: EMI Classics
Cat: 2063049


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