The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

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A wonderful Otello
27 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Otello has always been one of my favourite ever Verdi operas, and while I prefer the 1986 Zeffirelli film and 1992 production this Otello is wonderful. The costumes and sets are sumptuous and some like the set for Iago's Credo are foreboding. The music is magnificent, Credo In Un Dio Crudel has always been a big favourite of mine, as has Desdemona's Willow Song, Si Pel Ciel, Esultate and the Drinking Song, and they are superbly performed by the orchestra under the lively baton of James Levine. The video directing is excellent. Placido Domingo has always been one of my favourites, and in one of his best roles he is brilliant as Otello, while the voice has a baritonal quality to it the top has a great ring to it, and it also helps that he is a superb actor. Renee Fleming is a great Desdemona, it is a beautiful voice with lots of musicality, and acting-wise she is very poignant and intense. James Morris, though sometimes when I hear him I can't get Wotan out of my mind, is nonetheless a conniving Iago, and while his high register is occasionally over-tensed(Morris is more a bass-baritone) his voice overall is rich and powerful and he sings the Credo very well. Cassio, Ludovico(a role that I think suits Morris more voice register-wise) and Emilia are also convincing, the Drinking song is one of the better sung and conducted Drinking songs I've heard in a while and the final scene is very moving. Overall, a wonderful Otello. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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