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A Great Performance.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Verdi: Otello (Audio CD)
Domingo has made three recordings of this opera and the latest is clearly the best. Domingo brings years of experience in the title role to this recording and his performance is mesmerising. Domingo's voice is not as trumpet-like as once it was, but his darker, more burnished tone suits his more introspective reading given here - listen to "Dio mi potevi" where Domingo brings out the internal pain of the character with great intensity. Throughout, Domingo provides a heartfelt and superbly "acted" account. The rest of the cast are also far better here than on Domingo's previous recordings. Sergei Leiferkus is one of the few baritones around who can capture all of Iago's nuances in a studio recording- his credo is superb and sparks fly in his scenes with Domingo. Cheryl Studer sings radiantly as Desdemona and gives a rounded portrayal. Chung conducts a searing account of the score. Domingo sings well on his two other recordings of Otello, but his fellow singers are not at their best in those. Try Domingo in the Zeffirelli film of the opera or the video of his performance under Solti at Covent Garden - both are memorable performances. If you want something more vintage try Vickers and Gobbi under Serafin, where the cast and the conductor are all at the height of their powers.