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Verdi, Giuseppe - Otello [2 DVDs] [2010]

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  • Actors: José Cura, Krassimira Stoyanova, Giorgio Giuseppini, Francisco Santiago
  • Directors: Willy Decker, Giuseppe Verdi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Naxos Deutschland GmbH
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LSBMV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first of Verdi's two late Shakespearian operas stands as one of the great masterpieces of grand opera. José Cura, ranked among the world's leading interpreters of Verdi's music, takes the title role in Willy Decker's profound and intense production, recorded live at the Liceu, Barcelona in 2006 in true surround sound and filmed with high definition cameras.

Press Reviews

"Verdi's wise, passionate score was served with precision, gusto and a keen ear for drama by maestro Antoni Ros-Marbà and the solid, malleable Liceu orchestra." (Opera News)
"José Cura has the vocal colouring, the power and strength, but above all the dramatic temperament that this colossal Verdi character demands." (El Pais)
"With strong conducting from Antoni Ros-Marbà, the whole cast collaborate to give us the truth of this desperately upsetting work, as no other DVD and few live performances I've seen of it ever have." (BBC Music Magazine)
Cast
José Cura (Otello)
Krassimira Stoyanova (Desdemona)
Lado Ataneli (Jago)
Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio)
Ketevan Kemoklidze (Emilia)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu; Antoni Ros-Marbà

Stage Director: Willy Decker
Catalogue Number: OA0963D
Date of Performance: 2006
Running Time: 151 minutes
Sound: DTS Surround; LPCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, CA
Label: Opus Arte

Review

José Cura besticht durch seine farbenreiche Stimme, seine Stärke und Kraft und vor allem durch sein dramatisches Temperament, welches Verdis kolossaler Charakter so dringend verlangt --El Pais

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This is a particularly powerful production and performance of one of Verdi's last operatic masterpieces. In this work Verdi finally left the recitative and aria form of composition such is found in earlier works such as La Traviata, and adopted a compositional style where the music becomes more continuous and with more integration between the orchestra with the vocal line. This approach would be more in line with the contemporary work of Puccini and Wagner for example.

The stage director of this production, Willy Decker, has favoured a minimalist approach to the staging. The intention is to focus the attention on the 3 main characters of Otello, Jago and Desdemona, thus heightening the drama of the opera. This he certainly achieves but for this approach to work in performance, the drama must also be carried by singers who can not only sing their demanding parts accurately, but who are also capable of highly skilled acting at the same time. A video production, with inevitable close focus, makes these acting requirements imperative and a completely different experience to a CD audio only production for example.

The three main characters in this production rise superbly to the challenges. Jose Cura, as Otello, delivers as intensity of acting which would be outstanding in a stage play of Othello. To this he adds wonderfully accurate and emotionally responsive singing. This combination is very special. Lado Araneli is evil personified and a powerful match for Cura both as a singer and as an actor. Krassimira Stoyanova makes a fine Desdemona of internal strength which makes her eventual and inevitable persecution and final death even more moving than is often the case.
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Another Willy Decker show..........again, I am not phased by the minimalistic production, especially after watching the short documentary that form part of the bonus features. Like the 2005 Salzburg Traviata, this Liceu Otello will have its die-hard fans and its critics. As far as I can concerned, the 3 principals are in top form, with Cura providing one of his strongest interpretations in recent years. Vocally, he has a few dry spots, however, his acting and intense portrayl make this a production to treasure. A triumph all round! However, I think that this opera could have been fitted onto a single disc, as the bonus features are not that substantial.
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This DVD of Verdi's "Otello", the title role of which is one of the most arduous in the tenor's mainstream operatic repertory, is very satisfying musically and dramatically, especially on the part of José Cura as Otello himself, but also in the other roles. What limits the appeal of Opus Arte's video (the North American edition of the two-DVD set of which bears the catalogue number OA-0963-D) is Willy Decker's extremely barren staging. Fortunately, while there are almost no real scenery and few props aside from an always present gigantic cross, some swords, a dagger, and not much else, the soloists and chorus are nicely costumed, which relieves a bit the lack of much of anything scenically specific surrounding them on stage as they act and sing. Whatever reservation I have about this, at least this quasi-abstract production is not one of the hideous "Euro-trash" abominations that are so prevalent on stage and on video nowadays.

José Cura sings and acts heroically and with great fervour, whether as military hero or as lover. His large voice never shows a trace of compromise upon his seemingly boundless vocal resources. He is right up there among post-W.W.-2 Otellos as Carlo Cossuta, Giacomo Giacomini, or Plácido Domingo. He does not quite attain the supreme mastery of Mario del Monaco in the title role of this opera, but Cura comes closer to that gold standard than all but very few recent tenors do, and, visually speaking, Cura has a lot of the macho appeal that even handsomer del Monaco so exudes, and Cura's acting and vocal control are wonderful to behold and to hear.
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