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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This performance took place during the 1951 Salzburg Music Festival.
At the time of its premiere, critics referred to the thundering opening chord of Giuseppe Verdi's 'Otello' as the sound of Italian opera bursting out of its coffin. It had been nearly sixteen years since Verdi's last opera, ('Aida'), and the future of Italian opera looked bleak. At seventy years of age, Verdi was settling into quiet retirement and had no plans for writing another opera. The publisher Giulio Ricordi stirred Verdi out of retirement by suggesting Shakespeare's play 'Othello' as a subject for a new opera. Verdi was intrigued by the idea and began to search for a librettist. Ricordi suggested the poet-composer Arrigo Boito; and the rest, as they say, is
history. Verdi's 'Otello' premiered at La Scala in Milan on February 5th, 1887 and became a staple of the operatic repertoire.
This recording features the great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler leading a performance from the 1951 Salzburg Festival. Tenor Ramon Vinay sings the title role with the ideal blend of crazed passion and tenderness. Soprano Dragica Martinis is delicacy personified as Desdemona, and bass Paul Schöffler is a malevolent Iago. This legendary performance sizzles with dramatic intensity and vocal fireworks, all of it ignited by Furtwängler's direction. Read less
Works on This Recording
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
August Jaresch (Tenor),
Ramon Vinay (Tenor),
Dragica Martinis (Soprano),
Paul Schöffler (Bass Baritone),
Sieglinde Wagner (Mezzo Soprano),
Anton Dermota (Tenor),
Georg Monthy (Bass),
Josef Greindl (Bass),
Franz Bierbach (Bass)
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1887; Italy
Date of Recording: 08/07/1951
Venue: Live Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria
Length: 149 Minutes 14 Secs.
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