Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Jan. 12, 2008)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei
Levine; Guleghina, Pittas, Lucic, Relyea
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 35 min.
Esteemed Shakespearean director Adrian Noble focuses on the timeless and universal themes embraced by Verdi. This atmospheric production, starring Željko Lučić and Maria Guleghina, highlights the ferocious royal couple’s erotic connection as the lynchpin of their ruthlessness. James Levine presides over a powerful performance that features some of Verdi’s most stirring choral writing.