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Verdi: Otello / Capuana, Del Monaco, Gobbi, Lazzari

Verdi / Monaco / Gobbi / Lazzari / Capuana
Release Date: 05/24/2011 
Label:  Myto Records   Catalog #: 267   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Athos CesariniPaolo WashingtonFloriana CavalliMario Del Monaco,   ... 
Conductor:  Franco Capuana
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Works on This Recording

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Athos Cesarini (Tenor), Paolo Washington (Bass), Floriana Cavalli (Soprano),
Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Agostino Lazzari (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Capuana
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/26/1960 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A GREAT OTELLO March 2, 2013 By Barry N. (Santa Rosa, CA) See All My Reviews "This "Otello" is sleeper. It stars Mario del Monaco, Florianna Cavalli, andb Tito Gobbi in a 1960 live recording. Many people reading this will think "Florianna WHO??". I was fortunate to hear her as Mimi in "La Boheme" and in the title role of "Tosca" when she replaced Tebaldi in 1960 in the San Francisco productions. She was tall, slender, strikingly beautiful with a big, beautiful lirico spinto soprano. She was also a very good actress. Why there are not a lot of recordings of her, I do not know. This recording may well be best "Otello" available. Mario del Monaco is at his best, Tito Gobbi gives one of the great performances as Iago, and Florianna Cavalli shows offn one of the great soprano voices. Her "Salce, salce" and "Ave Maria" are stunning and the "Ave Maria" may be the best on recordings or at least equaling the early Tebaldi recordings. What sets this recording apart from others is that it has three great voices in the major roles. Cavalli floats the high B pianissimo at the end on the "Ave Maria" and the house erupts with applause before she can sing the "Amen". I recommend this to all opera fans." Report Abuse
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