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Nov. 14 2014

11/15/14 – Macbeth – 1:00pm

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

OPERA: Macbeth
COMPOSER: Giuseppe Verdi
LIBRETTO: Francesco Maria Piave

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is excited to share this performance of Verdi’s Macbeth, recorded in Chicago in 2013 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth. Music Director Riccardo Muti, one of the finest living Verdi interpreters, led the dynamic and moving concert with a cast featuring Luca Salsi (Macbeth), Tatiana Serjan (Lady Macbeth), Dmitriy Belosselskiy (Banco), and Francesco Meli (Macduff). The combined forces of the CSO, the Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, director), and Riccardo Muti make this a program not to be missed.

Critics were unanimous in praising the all performers, with the Chicago Sun-Times declaring, “From her first aria, thrilled by news of Macbeth’s victory in battle, Serjan’s lady was a woman possessed. Combining hellish fire and deadly ice, she soared fearlessly through Verdi’s punishing coloratura flights but also brought subtle color to his long, singing lines.” The Chicago Tribune stated, “Together with the splendid Chicago Symphony Chorus and a virtuoso orchestra that made up in power and precision what it lacks in operatic playing experience, Muti led a finely detailed, dramatically gripping account that kept one focused on the inexorable unfolding of a great Shakespearean tragedy, retold through Verdi’s great music. The audience leapt to its feet at the end of the nearly 31/2-hour performance (including two intermissions), applauding and cheering into the night.”

Macbeth: Luca Salsi
Lady Macbeth: Tatiana Serjan
Banquo: Dmitriy Belosselskiy
Macduff: Francesco Meli
Malcolm: Antonello Ceron
Lady-in-Waiting: Simge Büyükedes
Assassin/Doctor: Gianluca Buratto
Servant/Herald: Daniel Eifert
Three Apparitions:
David Govertsen
Katelyn Casey
Lily Shorney
CONDUCTOR: Riccardo Muti
ORCHESTRA: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
CHORUS: Chicago Symphony Chorus

Approx. Length: 3 ½ hours

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