Featured Artists in Verdi's 'Macbeth' Lado Antonelli and Paoletta Marrocu star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, at the Washington National Opera.
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Featured Artists in Verdi's 'Macbeth'

Paoletta Marrocu sang Lady Macbeth on a DVD release opposite baritone Thomas Hampson. hide caption

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Lado Ataneli sang Verdi's Macbeth in his debut at Milan's legendary opera house, La Scala. hide caption

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Lado Atanelli (Macbeth); Paoletta Marrocu (Lady Macbeth); Vitalij Kowaljow (Banquo); John Matz (Macduff); Yingxi Zhang (Malcolm); Aundi Marie Moore (Lady-in-Waiting); Robert Cantrell (Doctor); Harvey D. Fort (First Apparition); Alizon Reggioli (Second Apparition); Elizabeth W. Freeman (Third Apparition)

Paoletta Marrocu

Soprano (Lady Macbeth)

Paoletta Marrocu studied voice at the Conservatory of Music in Cagliari, Italy, and with the renowned soprano Renata Scotto.

Marrocu has appeared in nearly all the great Italian opera houses, including La Scala in Milan as well as the opera companies of Palermo, Florence, Ravenna, Parma, Bologna, Verona and Torino, performing the titles roles in Verdi's Aida, Bellini's Norma, Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's Tosca.

She made her international debut in 1999, and has since performed in theaters and concert halls around the world, including Opéra Monte-Carlo, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Vienna State Opera and the Teatro Real of Barcelona.

In Zurich, Marrocu appeared as Lady Macbeth, opposite Thomas Hampson, in an acclaimed production of Verdi's Macbeth directed by David Poutney — a production which was later released on DVD. She has also made CD recordings of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Rossini's Il Turco in Italia.

Lado Ataneli

Baritone (Macbeth)

The Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli studied at the State Conservatory in his hometown of Tiflis. In 1989 he made his debut as Renato in Verdi's A Masked Ball at the Tiflis National Theater. In 1991 Ataneli won First Prize at the International Francisco-Vinas Competition in Barcelona.

Ataneli's international career began in 1996. Since then, he has appeared in roles including Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, Tonio in Leoncavallo's I pagliacci, Iago in Verdi's Otello, Jack Rance in Puccini's Girl of the Golden West, the Count in Verdi's Il trovatore and the title role in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Among the major opera houses where Ataneli has performed are the Vienna State Opera, the German Opera in Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, as well as stages in Zurich, Paris, London, Tokyo and New York City.

Ataneli made his debut at Milan's La Scala in the title role of Verdi's Macbeth, a role he developed while working with conductor Riccardo Muti. At the Metropolitan opera, he sang the title role in Verdi's Nabucco, with conductor James Levine. In 2002, at London's Royal Opera, Ataneli sang with Placido Domingo in I pagliacci, and he also peformed with Domingo in Ponchielli's La Gioconda.