Verdi's Otello from the Théâtre Antique in France

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Théâtre antique d'Orange in southern France. Théâtre antique d'Orange in southern France. (Wikipedia Commons)

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Otello, Iago and Desdemona, three of literature's most complex and compelling characters, come to life in what many consider Verdi's most moving opera, Otello. Written when the composer was in his early 70s, Otello takes one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies and, if anything, makes it even more powerful and heartbreaking.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Otello from one a venue that lives up to its name, the 2000-year-old Théâtre Antique in Orange, France. The production features tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Inva Mula as Otello and Desdemona, with a vivid performance by baritone Seng-Hyoun Ko as the villain Iago.

Otello: Roberto Alagna (tenor) 
Desdemona: Inva Mula (soprano)
Iago: Seng-Hyoun Ko (baritone)
Cassio: Florian Laconi (tenor)
Roderigo: Julien Dran (tenor) 
Emilia: Slphie Pondjiclis (mezzo-soprano)
Lodovico: Enrico Lori (bass-baritone)
Montano: Jean-Marie Delpas (bass) 

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra 
Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

Comments [3]

concettta nardone from Nassau

Alagna's voice is not dark enough for this role.

Sep. 21 2014 11:06 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha,NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, mBoonton, NJ

Surrogates for the real [echt] thing should not be the fritualistic everyday resource accommodation. Let's have real singers not late starters with only moderate size voices doing heroic roles.

Sep. 21 2014 09:16 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

It is a common problem nowadays to use whatever is available to meet casting needs. ALAGNA's voice is not strong enough or full-bodied enough to properly represent the protagonist title role of OTELLO. Impressarios rely on the ignorance of the general public to produce programs that are merely token representations of the work performed.

Sep. 21 2014 08:55 AM

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