Verdi: Otello (DVD) – José Cura, Dorothea Röschmann

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Verdi: Otello (DVD) – José Cura, Dorothea Röschmann

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: José Cura, Dorothea Röschmann, Carlos Álvarez, Benjamin Bernheim, Christa Mayer, Georg Zeppenfeld, Bror Magnus Tødenes, Csaba Szegedi, Gordon Bintner, Sofia Pintzou, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Vincent Boussard
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Spanish, English, German, Italian, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2017
Run Time: 147 minutes

A superb Otello from the Salzburg Easter Festival: “Cura is a commanding Otello with his richly colored tenor and both fragile delicacy and fiery ardor” (Südwestpresse). Röschmann as Desdemona “guarantees effortless perfection” (Neue Musikzeitung). Álvarez as Iago “would be hard to surpass” (Abendzeitung).

This Salzburg production is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who displays a command of Verdian tragedy to match his celebrated sovereignty in Wagner. He and his great Dresden Staatskapelle, a consummate opera ensemble, “achieve wonders” (Die Presse), generating Italian Musikdrama with their “incandescence and precise nuances” (Abendzeitung). In his fascinating staging, director Vincent Broussard integrates video with set and lighting design to create an idealized visual context for what he calls Otello’s “conflict of ancient and modern.”

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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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