Rossini - Otello
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Cat No: CDS771113
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 25th September 2015
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Ghent
The second post-war period saw the beginnings of the 'Rossini Renaissance', so called because of the rediscovery and staging of a great number of Rossini operas, particularly of the serious genre, which had long ceased to be performed. The Rossini Renaissance corrected the misconception that Rossini only excelled in comic opera, when in fact Rossini’s serious output was not only of very high quality in general, but also extremely original.
Otello is one of the finest of Rossini’s serious works, and indeed the composer himself thought highly of it. The opera marked one of the first encounters between a composer and Shakespeare’s theatre in the history of Italian opera.
In its original version, the opera had a tragic ending as envisioned by the English playwright, but Rossini later wrote a new finale in which Otello ends up believing in his wife’s fidelity and gives up his murderous intentions.
This production, recorded live in 2014 at Antwerp’s Vlaanderen Opera, is based on the critical edition by the Rossini Foundation and features the original tragic Shakespearean finale.
- Otello: Gregory Kunde
- Desdemona: Carmen Romeu
- Rodrigo: Maxim Mironov
- Iago: Robert McPherson
- Elmiro Barberigo: Josef Wagner
- Emilia: Raffaella Lupinacci
- The Doge of Venice: Maarten Heirman
- A gondolier: Stephan Adriaens
Sung in: Italian
Audio Format: DDD
Recorded at: Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Ghent, Belgium
Recording date: February 2014
Notes: English, Italian
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