Otello (Blu-ray) - Kaufmann
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Otello (Blu-ray) - Kaufmann
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: Italian (PCM Stereo), Italian (DTS 5.1)
Region: Region A/1
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR ?Not Rated
Studio: Sony Classical
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Run Time: 157 minutes
On a June night in 2017, opera lovers thronged to the Royal Opera House in London to hear tenor Jonas Kaufmann, recently acclaimed by The Daily Telegraph as the world's greatest tenor, make his eagerly anticipated debut in the title role of Otello Verdi's greatest and most demanding role for tenor voice.
As the New York Times wrote Mr. Kaufmann made his debut in the part, and he calmly, confidently sang it for the ages. Sony Classical is pleased to release his landmark performance on DVD and Blu-ray. Joining Jonas Kaufmann on stage were Italian baritone, Marco Vratogna as Iago, who, as the Metro newspaper noted sings up a thrilling storm of hatred and malevolence and Italian soprano, Maria Agresta who sang with a tender yet creamy intensity (The Observer) in her deeply sensitive performance of Otello s tragic Desdemona. The entire production was led by lauded conductor Antonio Pappano.
Kaufmann's eagerly anticipated debut matched the high expectations of the audience and critics alike and will surely stand the test of time, his Otello being, as the City Am newspaper noted: the great Otello for this generation of opera lovers. Jonaskaufmann.com Sonymusicmasterworks.com A LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE 1. Caruso (Lucio Dalla) 2. Passione (Ernesto Tagliaferri, Nicola Valente, Libero Bovio) 3. Parla più piano (Nino Rota, Gianni Boncompagni) 4. Torna a Surriento (Ernesto de Curtis, Giambattista de Curtis) 5. Musica proibita (Stanislao Gastaldon) 6. Ti voglio tanto bene (Ernesto de Curtis, Domenico Furnò) 7. Fenesta ca lucive (Guillaume Louis Cottrau) 8. Rondine al nido (Vincenzo de Crescenzo, Luigi Sica) 9. Il canto (Romano Musumarra, L
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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