Verdi: Otello (2-CD) – Plácido Domingo

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Verdi: Otello (2-CD) – Plácido Domingo

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Plácido Domingo, Cheryl Studer, Sergei Leiferkus, Bastille Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
CD Release Date: October 11, 1994

This is Plácido Domingo’s third recording of Otello and arguably his best. Besides benefiting from years of study and restudy, the older, rougher, darker Domingo voice is better suited to the role than his prettier, younger self. Sergei Leiferkus’s metallic, Russian sound is ideal for Iago: besides being sinister, he sounds like an outsider. Conductor Myung-Whun Chung is anything but a routinist, particularly with the Bastille forces that he worked with intensively for years. This is a fine modern recording of a great, great opera. (David Patrick Stearns)



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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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