Otello

Romantic opera from 1887

Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Arrigo Boïto
Librettist

Description

Otello (Italian pronunciation: [oˈtɛllo]) is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play Othello. It was Verdi's penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on 5 February 1887.

With the composer's reluctance to write anything new after the success of Aida in 1871 and his retreat into retirement, it took his Milan publisher Giulio Ricordi the next ten years, first to persuade him to write anything, then to encourage the revision of Verdi's 1857 Simon Boccanegra by introducing Boito as librettist, and finally to begin the arduous process of persuading and cajoling Verdi to see Boito's completed libretto for Otello in July/August 1881. However, the process of writing the first drafts of the libretto and the years of their revision, with Verdi all along not promising anything, dragged on, and it wasn't until 1884, five years after the first drafts of the libretto, that composition began, with most of the work finishing in late 1885. When it finally premiered in Milan on 5 February 1887, it proved to be a resounding success, and further stagings of Otello soon followed at leading theatres throughout Europe and America.

Year 1887
Opening Night 1887
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Voice

Videos

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Albums

The Plácido Domingo Story
Deutsche Grammophon
Bad Boys
Deutsche Grammophon
The Artist's Album - Herbert von Karajan
Deutsche Grammophon
Otello
Chandos
Otello (CD 1)
LSO Live
Otello (CD 2)
LSO Live
The Era of Adelina Patti
Nimbus
Gerhard Husch (1901-1984)
Nimbus
Prima Voce
Nimbus
Leonard Warren (1911-60)
Nimbus
Josef Metternich, Rare and Unreleased Recordings
Qualiton - Gebhardt
Richard Tucker: Recital
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Classical.com Music
Greatest Voices Of The 20th Century - Beniamino Gigli
Future Noise Music Ltd.
Rosa Ponselle - Favourite Arias
Synergie OMP
Ferenc Friscay Conducts Verdi, Quattro pezzi Sacri; Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto
Archipel Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd
Peter Anders, Jr.: Dramatische Tenor - Arien
Gebhardt Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
A Buenos Aires
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Heinrich Schlusnus: Rhein-, Wein und Heimatlieder Recordings 1926-1943
Gebhardt Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.