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At The Opera, Verdi: Otello, November 21, 2015

  

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 1881. When it premièred in Milan in 1887, it proved to be a resounding success, and further stagings of Otello soon followed at leading theatres throughout Europe and America.

Otello: Plácido Domingo
Desdemona: Renata Scotto
Iago: Sherrill Milnes
Cassio: Frank Little
Roderigo: Paul Cook
Lodovico: Paul Plishka
Montano: Malcolm King
Emilia: Jean Kraft
Herald: Malcolm King

Ambrosian Opera Chorus
National Philharmonic Orchestra; James Levine 1978

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11 p.m.
Verdi: Otello BUY National Philharmonic; James Levine, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:25 p.m.
Verdi: Otello: Ballet Music (Ballabili) Act 3 BUY NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:06 p.m.
Verdi: Aida: Prelude To Act I BUY NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini, conductor
11:20 p.m.
Puccini: Turandot excerpts BUY from Jan Kiepura: My Song For You, Vol. 2, Including Duets With Marta Eggerth (Pearl); composed by Puccini
11:28 p.m.
Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro BUY London Philharmonic; Giuseppe Patane, conductor Renata Tebaldi
London/Decca 4758366
11:30 p.m.
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Donizetti
London/Decca 4758366
11:35 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Easter Hymn BUY National Philharmonic; Giandrea Gavazenni, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
11:40 p.m.
James King BUY James King
London/Decca 4758366
11:45 p.m.
Dvorak: Rusalka: O silver moon BUY Accademia di Santa Cecilia; Giuseppe Patane, conductor Pilar Lorengar
London/Decca 4758366
11:51 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:54 p.m.
Puccini: Manon Lescaut, Intermezzo BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Puccini
Naxos 8550240


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