Notes & Reviews:
First staged in Naples in 1816, seventy years before Verdi's very different treatment of the same subject, Rossini's 'Otello', based on Berio di Salsa's play rather than that of Shakespeare, makes full use of no fewer than three lead tenors. In the 19th century the third act won particular praise for the 'Gondolier's Song (Nessun maggior dolore)' and for the 'Willow Song (Assisa a' pie d'un salice)', which features some of the composer's most passionate writing for soprano (Desdemona). The opera concludes with the dramatic and ironic revelation of Jago's villainy, the forgiveness offered to Otello and his final suicide. Verdi himself considered Rossini's 'Otello' a masterpiece.
"Pratt is every bit as fine as von Stade, the voice free, flexible and finely-schooled, her engagement with the role fairly complete, both in the high drama of Act 2 where the opera finally embraces tragedy and in the Willow Song, Prayer and death scene in the superb third act." -Gramophone MagazineNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Kursaal, Bad Wildbad, Germany (2008-07-12&2008-07-17&2008-).
Submitted on 10/10/11 by Jim D.
Works DetailsRossini, Gioachino : Otello, opera
- Conductor: Antonino Fogliani
- Notes: Kursaal, Bad Wildbad, Germany (2008-07-12&2008-07-17&2008-)
- Running Time: 40 min. 30 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1816