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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Aleksandrs Antonenko ...
Marina Poplavskaya ...
Carlos Álvarez ...
Barbara Di Castri ...
Stephen Costello ...
Antonello Ceron ...
Mikhail Petrenko ...
Simone Del Savio ...
Andrea Porta ...
Ein Herold
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Riccardo Muti ...
Himself - Dirigent
Wiener Philharmoniker ...
Themselves - Orchester
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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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Poplavskaya and Alvarez triumph

I have a version of Otello from the Met, recorded in 1978, with Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto and Cornell MacNeil, and it stands up favorably to this Salzburg performance of 2008. Jon Vickers managed to put his stamp on every role he took on, and here he is singing and acting at his usual high level, leaving Aleksandr Antonenko for all his vocal quality far behind. Marina Poplavskaya is a very moving Desdemona, the equal of the renowned Renata Scotto. Only Carlos Alvarez with his extraordinary acting ability outshines the Met baritone Cornell MacNeil.

I enjoyed this Salzburg performance quite a bit: the staging was effective (the Regietheatre impulse was kept in check), but I do think that Vickers as Otello is the reason to prefer the Met performance, also Levine's conducting is just as virile as Muti's.


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