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At The Opera, Verdi: Otello, May 28, 2016

  

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. However, the process of writing the first drafts of the libretto and the years of their revision, with Verdi all along not promising anything, dragged on, and it wasn't until 1884, five years after the first drafts of the libretto, that composition began, with most of the work finishing in late 1885. When it finally premièred in Milan 1887, it proved to be a resounding success, and further stagings of Otello soon followed at leading theatres throughout Europe and America.

Cast:

Otello – Ramon Vinay

Desdemona – Herva Nelli

Iago – Giuseppe Valdengo

NBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Arturo Toscanini – Conductor – recorded 1947

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
8:13 p.m.
Verdi: Otello BUY NBC Symphony Orchestra; Toscanini, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:01 p.m.
Verdi: Perfidi! All'anglo Contro Me...Pieta, Rispetto, Amore BUY Richard Armstrong, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment ; Richard Armstrong, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment , conductor
11:06 p.m.
Verdi: Asolta...O Dei Verd'anni Miei BUY Richard Armstrong, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment ; Richard Armstrong, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment , conductor
11:12 p.m.
Thomas Hampson BUY from Verdi: Opera Arias - Thomas Hampson, Richard Armstrong, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
11:17 p.m.
Thomas Hampson BUY from Verdi: Opera Arias - Thomas Hampson, Richard Armstrong, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
11:25 p.m.
Thomas Hampson BUY from Verdi: Opera Arias - Thomas Hampson, Richard Armstrong, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
11:32 p.m.
Verdi: 'Otello': Esultate BUY from Mario Del Monaco: Historical Recordings 1950-1960; composed by Verdi
11:33 p.m.
Leoncavallo: 'I pagliacci': Prologo BUY from Mario Del Monaco: Historical Recordings 1950-1960; composed by Leoncavallo
11:36 p.m.
Puccini: 'Il tabarro': Hai ben raggione BUY from Mario Del Monaco: Historical Recordings 1950-1960; composed by Puccini
11:38 p.m.
Puccini: 'Il tabarro': Folle di gelosia BUY from Mario Del Monaco: Historical Recordings 1950-1960; composed by Puccini
11:39 p.m.
Wagner: 'Die Walkure': Monologue of Siegmund BUY from Mario Del Monaco: Historical Recordings 1950-1960; composed by Wagner
11:50 p.m.
Mozart: Die EntfÃ1/4hrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Aria. Venn der Freude Tränen fließen BUY from Magic of Wunderlich; composed by Mozart


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