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Verdi - Otello  [DVD]  [NTSC]
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In what many believe to be the finest production of Otello in modern times, Plácido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa lead a world-class cast under the exquisite musical direction of Sir Georg Solti. An outstanding performance of the first of Verdi's two late Shakespearian operas, universally regarded as sublime masterpieces of grand opera.
"Filmed in 1992, Moshinsky's traditional Covent Garden production with lavish costumes and sets makes an ideal DVD with an almost unmatchable cast of principals. Plácido Domingo was at his peak as Otello, powerful and heroic, while Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as Desdemona sings ravishingly, fining her tone down to a mere whisper at times. Sergei Leiferkus too was at his finest as Iago, and Sir Georg Solti conducts his Covent Garden forces with characteristic high drama. Well recorded, it is an outstanding DVD." (The Penguin Guide)
"Pure gold from the top team...Here was an evening to cherish, one to go straight into the memory in firmest indelible ink...The combination of Domingo and Solti promised gold and delivered every ounce expected." (The Times)
"...deeply impressive, and moving..." (Gramophone)
"This was...probably the best cast available for the opera at that time...The chorus produces empowered tone and the orchestra is on keen form under Solti, who clearly admires every bar of Verdi's masterpiece and brings to it a blend of theatrical dynamism and musical detail." (BBC Music Magazine)
"Elijah Moshinsky's well travelled, traditional period production looks sumptuous, with every last detail present, including an abundance of lightning and huge cannon for the storm scene.
" (Musicweb International)
CastPlácido Domingo (Otello)Kiri Te Kanawa (Desdemona)Sergei Leiferkus (Iago)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Sir Georg Solti
Catalogue Number: OAR3102DDate of Performance: 1992Running Time: 145 minutesSound: PCM StereoAspect Ratio: 4:3 AnamorphicSubtitles: ENLabel: Opus Arte
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The lead roles are excellent and provide excitement, pathos and the heart-moving reaction from the Love Duet in Act One to the final scene of Desdemona dying and Otello realising his jealousy.
But the lead roles aside, it is important to also note the magnificent singing by the ROH Chorus and playing by the ROH Orchestra - especially the violin solo.
Its a magnificent DVD and richly enjoyable to watch.
PS. Whatever happened to the Jon Vickers film?
Domingo is also in a later production from the Met, with James Morris and Renee Fleming, conducted by James Levine. This is a much better bet.The production,also by Elijah Moshinsky, is very similar and just as beautiful to look at, but both sound and picture quality are superior. I also think that Fleming out-sings and out-acts Te Kanawa, and Morris makes a more convincingly acted Iago than Leiferkus.
There is much to like in this Covent Garden production, but given its faults, I would go for the Met production if what you want is a traditional production that you can watch repeatedly.
It is one of arts moments of genius when a writer and artist together reach new heights of greatness. In my mind this performance is coupled with that of Paul Scofield's performance of King Lear (also available on DVD) where an artist is able to reach out and communicates directly with his audience.
The rest of the cast on this DVD are superb, especially Sergei Leiferkus as Iago.
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