At The Opera, Verdi's Otello - Encore 2021, November 26, 2022
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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, first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on February 5, 1887.
The composer was reluctant to write anything new after the success of Aida in 1871, and he retreated into retirement. It took his Milan publisher Giulio Ricordi the next ten years, first to encourage the revision of Verdi's 1857 Simon Boccanegra by introducing Boito as librettist and then 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. 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 it proved to be a resounding success, and further stagings of Otello soon followed at leading theatres throughout Europe and America.
Otello - Mario del Monaco
Desdemona - Renata Tebaldi
Jago - Aldo Protti
Cassio - Nello Romanato
Lodovico - Fernando Corena
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Herbert vo Karajan - conductor
Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Mario del Monaco Tebaldi/Protti
; Herbert von Karajan, conductor