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At The Opera, Verdi: Otello (CETRA 1955) August 11, 2018

  

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, 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 premiered in Milan on 5 February 1887, it proved to be a resounding success, and further stagings of Otello soon followed at leading theatres throughout Europe and America.

Cast:

Otello – Carlos M. Guichandut

Desdemona – Cesy Broggini

Jago – Giuseppe Taddei

RAI orchestra and chorus

Franco Capuana – condcutor

CETRA - 1955

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.
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello (Cetra 1955) BUY RAI Orchestra and Chorus; Franco Capuana, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:10 p.m.
Verdi: ll Trovatore: D'amor Sull'ali Rosee BUY from Zinka Milanov Sings Bellini & Verdi; composed by Verdi
11:15 p.m.
Verdi: La Forza Del Destino: Pace, Pace, Mio Dio BUY from Zinka Milanov Sings Bellini & Verdi; composed by Verdi
11:20 p.m.
Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Suicidio! BUY from Zinka Milanov Sings Bellini & Verdi; composed by Ponchielli
11:24 p.m.
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi Lo Sapete BUY from Zinka Milanov Sings Bellini & Verdi; composed by Mascagni
11:32 p.m.
Verdi: Rigoletto: La donna è mobile (1936) BUY from Jussi Bjorling: Opera Arias; composed by Verdi
Naxos Historical 8.110701
11:34 p.m.
Verdi: Il Trovatore: Ah, si, ben mio (1939) BUY from Jussi Bjorling: Opera Arias; composed by Verdi
Naxos Historical 8.110701
11:38 p.m.
Verdi: II Trovatore: Di quella pira (1939) BUY from Jussi Bjorling: Opera Arias; composed by Verdi
Naxos Historical 8.110701
11:40 p.m.
Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Cielo e mar (1937) BUY from Jussi Bjorling: Opera Arias; composed by Ponchielli
Naxos Historical 8.110701
11:44 p.m.
Massenet: Toi! Vous!... Oui, c'est moi! BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Massenet
11:48 p.m.
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Rachmaninoff


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