Saturday, February 5, 2011

Shakespearean Murder Thrills Milan In 1887

Otello is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play Othello.
Otello.................Francesco Tamagno
Desdemona.......Romilda Pantaleoni
Iago....................Victor Maurel
Emilia................Ginevra Petrovich
Cassio................Giovanni Paroli
Roderigo...........Vincenzo Fornari

Conducted by Franco Faccio


It was Verdi's penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on February 5, 1887.  Audio tributes after the jump.[Source]


"Gia nella notte densa" (Renée Fleming & Plácido Domingo, Metropolitan Opera, 1995)




"Una vela...Esultate" sung by Mario del Monaco


"Già nella notte densa" sung by Franco Corelli and Teresa Zylis-Gara


"A terra" sung by Renée Fleming with Plácido Domingo


"Mi parea...Piangera cantando...Ave Maria" sung by Aprile Millo

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