Verdi: Otello (DVD) – Aleksandrs Antonenko, Marina Poplavskaya

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Verdi: Otello (DVD) – Aleksandrs Antonenko, Marina Poplavskaya

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Aleksandrs Antonenko, Marina Poplavskaya, Carlos Álvarez, Barbara di Castri, Stephen Costello, Antonello Ceron, Mikhail Petrenko, Simone Del Savio, Andrea Porta, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsoperchor, Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Director: Stephen Langridge
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major Entertainment
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
Run Time: 143 minutes; plus 10 minutes bonus features

Verdi was over seventy when he set about raising Italian opera to a whole new level, succeeding magnificently in combining two traditions in his penultimate masterpiece. Based on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Otello not only sums up the history of Italian opera since Rossini but at the same time looks far into the future.


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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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