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Otello (DVD) - Met Opera
In this unforgettable Met broadcast from 1978, Jon Vickers—one of the great Otellos of the 20th century—brings his remarkable vocal power and dramatic intensity to Verdi's masterful Shakespeare adaptation. His Desdemona is Renata Scotto, at the height of her powers, and Cornell MacNeil's menacing Iago is one of the baritone's greatest roles. Met Music Director James Levine conducts one of the most thrilling performances of the decade.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: 2009
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Region: Region Free, Worldwide
Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello
Often cited as Italian opera’s greatest tragedy, Otello (1887) is a miraculous union of music and drama, a masterpiece as profound philosophically as it is thrilling theatrically. Shakespeare’s tale of an outsider, a great hero who can’t control his jealousy, was carefully molded by the librettist Arrigo Boito into a taut and powerful opera text. Otello almost wasn’t written: following the success of Aida and his setting of the Requiem mass in the early 1870s, Verdi considered himself retired, and it took Boito and publisher Giulio Ricordi several years to persuade him to take on a major new work.
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