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Work: Otello

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ComposerVerdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
PeriodRomantic
Year1887
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello in Baden-Baden

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi's Otello in an iconic Robert Wilson production of stylized theater where less is more. The effect was mesmerizing.  
****1
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Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
When it comes to the title role, Bartlett Sher's non-interventionist production misses the core of the character. 
****1
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Dudamel serves up Otello at the Hollywood Bowl

Russell Thomas © Fay Fox
Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic unleash the darkness of Verdi’s late masterpiece Otello upon the picnickers at the Hollywood Bowl. 
***11
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Spano Conducts a Concert Version Otello in Atlanta

Mary Elizabeth Williams (Desdemona) and Russell Thomas (Otello) © Jeff Roffman
With Verdi's Otello, Music Director Robert Spano continues a recent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tradition of presenting grand operatic works in a concert hall version
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Tragic dignity and pathos from José Cura's Otello

José Cura (Otello) © Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Cura's powerful spinto tenor impressed from his opening “Esultate!” and left no doubt as to the Moor's authority.
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