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Opera in English - Verdi: Otello / Elder, Plowright, et al

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> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 1: I bring word that the watchman at the harbour (Herald, Otello, Iago)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 2: God give you joy, Otello (Desdemona, Otello)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 2: You are trying to tease me (Desdemona, Otello)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 3: God! Had it pleased you to try me with affliction (Otello ) - Act III Scene 4: Ah! Damned for ever! (Otello, Iago)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 5: Come now; the hall's deserted (Iago, Cassio, Otello)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 5: This is a cobweb, men are flies (Iago, Cassio)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 6: How shall I take her life? (Otello, Iago, Chorus)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 7: Hail him! All hail him! (Chorus, Lodovico, Otello, Desdemona, Emilia, Iago)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 8: All hear me! The Doge … (Otello, Roderigo, Iago, Cassio, Lodovico)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 8: I lie here! Yes: I lie in the dust here … (Desdemona, Emilia, Roderigo, Cassio, Lodovico, Chorus, Iago, Otello)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 8: All in this day of glory rejoice (Iago, Chorus, Otello, Lodovico, Desdemona)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act III Scene 9: But who can flee himself! (Otello, Iago, Chorus)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act IV Scene 1: Did he seem calmer? (Desdemona, Emilia)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act IV Scene 1: The poor soul sat sighing beneath a willow … (Desdemona, Emilia)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act IV Scene 2: Ave Maria, mother of mercy (Desdemona)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act IV Scene 3: Who's there? … Otello? (Desdemona, Otello)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act IV Scene 3: Calm and cold as the tomb (Otello, Emilia, Desdemona)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act IV Scene 4: Who's shouting! Oh God! Ah no! (Emilia, Iago, Otello, Cassio, Montano, Lodovico)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act IV Scene 4: Do not fear me (Otello, Cassio, Chorus)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act II Scene 5: Desdemona guilty! (Otello, Iago)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act II Scene 5: Now and forever farewell (Otello, Iago)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act II Scene 5: By all creation! Can I believe in Desdemona? (Otello, Iago)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act II Scene 5: Darkness had fallen, Cassio was sleeping … (Iago, Otello)
> Otello (Sung in English) - Act II Scene 5: See me swear, you heavens above me! (Otello, Iago)

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This 1983 'Otello' was captured live at the London Coliseum, and the sometimes far-back voices on the stage... often defeat the purpose of a clearly heard English text. Yet once past a rather staid opening storm, this is an electrifying performance centred around the astonishing Otello of the late Charles Craig... one of the greatest tenors Britain has ever produced... The entire experience give goose bumps in all the right places..." ***** -BBC Music

Penguin Guide
The performance itself is most enjoyable, with dramatic tension building up compellingly. Charles Craig's Otello is most moving, the character's inner pain brought out vividly...Plowright makes a superb Desdemona, singing with rich dramatic weight but also with poise and purity.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
  • Performers: Neil Howlett (Baritone); Shilagh Squires (Voice); Sean Rea (Baritone); Malcolm Rivers (Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Charles Craig (Tenor); Gordon Traynor (Baritone); Rosalind Plowright (Soprano); Bonaventura Bottone (Voice)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Chorus
  • Notes: London Coliseum, London, England (01/06/1983-01/28/1983)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887