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At The Opera, Verdi: Otello, November 18, 2017


Otello is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play Othello. It was Verdi's penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on February 5, 1887.

With the composer's reluctance to write anything new after the success of Aida in 1871 and his retreat into retirement, it took his Milan publisher Giulio Ricordi the next ten years, first to persuade him to write anything, then to encourage the revision of Verdi's 1857 Simon Boccanegra by introducing Boito as librettist, and finally to begin the arduous process of persuading and cajoling Verdi to see Boito's completed libretto for Otello in July/August 1881. However, it wasn't until 1884, five years after the first drafts of the libretto, with most of the work finishing in late 1885. When it finally premiered in Milan on February 5, 1887, it proved to be a resounding success.


Otello – Mario del Monaco

Desdemona – Renata Tebaldi

Jago – Aldo Protti

Vienna Philharmonic

Herbert Von Karajan – conductor

Decca - 1961


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:14 p.m.
Verdi: Otello BUY ; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:45 p.m.
Puccini: Tosca excerpts BUY MET; Kurt Adler, conductor

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