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Work: Otello

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ComposerVerdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
PeriodRomantic
LibrettistArrigo Boito
Year1887
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ZürichVerdi Gala

Verdi Gala
Verdi
Philharmonia Zürich; Fabio Luisi; Maria Agresta; Bryan Hymel; Quinn Kelsey; Alexander Vinogradov

MunichOtello

© Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Otello
Asher Fisch; Amélie Niermeyer; Bavarian State Opera; Christian Schmidt; Annelies Vanlaere; Arsen Soghomonyan; Anja Harteros

BolognaOtelloNew production

Verdi: Otello
Asher Fisch; Gabriele Lavia; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Alessandro Camera; Andrea Viotti; Gregory Kunde; Mariangela Sicilia
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“Esultate!” Kunde's Otello impresses at Covent Garden

Carlos Álvarez (Iago) and Gregory Kunde (Otello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The American must be one of the few tenors to tackle both Rossini and Verdi's Moor with success. 
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Russell Thomas shines in gloomy David Alden's Otello

Russell Thomas (Otello) © Scott Suchman
The combination of a strong, spirited cast and a first-rate orchestral performance led by Daniele Callegari rendered the opera a moving experience in spite of drab staging and latent, unexplored tensions.
***11
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“Esultate!” Otello a musical triumph in Munich

Anja Harteros (Desdemona) and Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © Wilfried Hösl (2018)
Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, the “Royal couple” of the Bayerische Staatsoper, enchant and melt hearts as the doomed lovers in Verdi’s late masterpiece.
****1
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Mistrust, rage and colonialism: Otello at the Staatsoper

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
During the “Salce” and “Ave Maria” in Act Four Bezsmertna turned this to magical effect, thinning out and floating her shimmering soprano into gossamer threads.
***11
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Russell Thomas convinces as Otello at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Guanqun Yu (Desdemona) and Russell Thomas (Otello) © Bettina Stöß

Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Verdi’s old-age masterpiece in Kriegenburg’s production, which still fails to convince. A much more satisfying cast seals a successful musical production.

***11
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