Carlos Álvarez takes the title role in the first of Verdi’s Shakespearean operas, with Maria Guleghina as the manipulative wife whose desire to gain the Scottish throne drives her husband to murder and leaves both with blood on their hands.
Bruno Campanella conducts the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in the 2004 recording of Phyllida Lloyd’s powerful production, first staged at London’s Royal Opera House.
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"A strong cast was the most prominent factor in the return of Macbeth to the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Carlos Álvarez… sung in glorious voice and with a good sense of the psychology of the character. His dominating Lady was Guleghina… her dramatic presence is overwhelming, especially in her wonderful Sleepwalking scene." - Opera
"Phyllida Lloyd’s staging of Macbeth from Barcelona opens atmospherically enough and there is telling use of colour and light … a very impressive Macbeth from Carlos Alvarez, firm of voice and conveying his inner turmoil superbly, and a brook-no-nonsense Lady Macbeth from Maria Guleghina, powerful of voice, powerful of presence." - Opera Now
"Guleghina wields her powerful, creamy tone to thrilling effect… …a wickedly intense performance. …this outclasses the turgidly staged Zurich and Berlin videos and is better recorded than Arthaus’s classic Glyndebourne version..." - BBC Music Magazine
"Marco Berti is resplendent...Baritone Carlos Álvarez sings the title role handsomely...and the chorus contributes strongly throughout..." - Classical Net
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