Approximate running time 2 hrs. 53 min.
Anna Netrebko moves boldly into Verdi with her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.
“One of the greatest triumphs in recent Met history. …Anna Netrebko… a spectacular artist of vast interpretive skills… A riveting performance dispatched with artistry and fearless intensity.” —Bloomberg
“This was Ms. Netrebko’s night… Incisive, exacting Verdi singing, with gleaming top notes. She is a soprano with star power in the best sense, a charismatic expressivity that pervades every element of her performance.” —New York Times
“A soaring bravura performance… Željko Lucic is a forceful presence as Macbeth… It is the blind drive for power at all costs that Netrebko so chillingly captures and that makes the Met’s Macbeth such a success.” —Huffington Post
“The opportunity that the Met provides to experience her portrayal is not to be missed. *****” —Financial Times
Željko Lucic gives a “dramatically compelling and vocally nuanced performance… His final, rage-fueled call to battle was harrowing.” —NY Classical Review
Lucic “is an elegant baritone with a distinctive voice, burnished, mellow, a little earthy. He has ample power and smooth legato phrasing.” —New York Times
“The conductor Fabio Luisi gives consistent reinforcement to the drama of Verdi’s marvellous score while also recognising the opportunities it affords for sumptuous, stylish singing." —Financial Times
“Luisi led a thrilling performance from the pit, weaving spooky atmospheres and wringing every drop of drama from the score.” —NY Classical Review
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