Verdi's Macbeth, A Sourcebook
A study of the libretto, music and staging of Verdi's opera
First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, xvi + 527pp.
This book, a unique collection of speculation and documentation, grew out of the Fifth International Verdi Congress held in Danville, Kentucky, in 1977, where the 1847 version of Macbeth was performed. Macbeth was the first of Verdi's three Shakespeare operas, 'Dearer to me than all my other operas', as he wrote when dedicating the score of the new work to his benefactor, Barezzi. Many of the papers given at the congress are incorporated into the present volume, which focuses on the myriad ways Verdi fused libretto, music and staging into a powerful theatrical experience. The contents include much contemporary documentation about the opera: 186 letters, reviews of the first performance and the 1865 revision, and a scholarly transcription of Verdi's working libretto. There is also a chronology of performances of Macbeth and an annotated bibliography.
A good copy. There is a light water stain to the top of the pages which has run very slightly into the top margin, but otherwise a decent clean copy.