Otello (Blu-ray) - Gregory Kunde

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Otello (Blu-ray) - Gregory Kunde
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
Stage Director: Francesco Micheli
Artists:
Gregory Kunde
Carmela Remigio
Lucio Gallo
Orchestra: Teatro la Fenice Orchestra &Chorus
Label: C Major Entertainment
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Run Time: 149 minutes

Directed by Francesco Micheli, this spectacular outdoor production of Verdi’s Otello took place in the  Palazzo Ducale courtyard in Venice, in the midst of late-Gothic and Renaissance architecture that is highlighted by the opera’s spectacular projections. Conductor Myung-Whun Chung leads the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra and a cast of singers including Gregory Kunde, Carmela Remigio and Lucio Gallo.

“[Gregory Kunde] reproduces every accent, every colour demanded by Verdi with sensibility and intelligence” - OperaClick
 

History

Otello

Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act opera, Otello, based on Shakespeare’s Othello, is set in the late 15th century on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Otello is the 25th title of the 26 operas, which were composed by Verdi. He was 74 years old when he wrote it (1884-1886).

The story adheres closely to the Bard’s play. Otello, an African Moor and general in the Venetian army returns home to a plot of deception created by his subordinate, Iago, which goes awry and leads Otello into a fit of rage resulting in his murder of Desdemoda, his beloved wife. Otello falls on his dagger in despair at what he has done in the final scene, which is an oft-studied subject in literature, opera and psychology.

Before she dies in Act 3, Desdemona sings two well-known arias, “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria.”

In the Met’s 2018/2019 season, modern architectural sets were used to create a contemporary feeling, appropriate for a story, which rings as true today as it did in the 15th century.

World premiere in Teatro alla Scala, Milan, February 5, 1887

 

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