Rossini - Otello | Dynamic CDS771113

Rossini - Otello

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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: CDS771113

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 25th September 2015

Contents

Artists

Gregory Kunde
Carmen Romeu
Maxim Mironov
Robert McPherson
Josef Wagner
Raffaella Lupinacci
Maarten Heirman
Stephan Adriaens
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Ghent

Conductor

Alberto Zedda

Works

Rossini, Gioacchino

Otello

Artists

Gregory Kunde
Carmen Romeu
Maxim Mironov
Robert McPherson
Josef Wagner
Raffaella Lupinacci
Maarten Heirman
Stephan Adriaens
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Ghent

Conductor

Alberto Zedda

About

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.

Cast:
- 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
Duration: 158'32"
Notes: English, Italian

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