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Otello

Gioachino Rossini

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Opera Rara recorded the new critical edition by the Rossini Foundation of Otello. Hugely admired in its day, this highly innovative score contains some of Rossini’s most inspired music. The recording... read more

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Song title Time Format Price
playstop01 Otello: Act I: Sinfonia07:36
playstop02 Otello: Act I scena I: Viva Otello, viva il prode 05:16
playstop03 Otello: Act I scena I: Recitative: Vincemmo, o prodei 02:49
playstop04 Otello: Act I scena I: Cavatina: Ah si, per voi gia sento 03:30
playstop05 Otello: Act I scena I: Cabaletta: Amor, dirada il nembo 03:54
playstop06 Otello: Act I scena II: Recitative: Rodrigo! ? - scena III: Udisti? ? 03:11
playstop07 Otello: Act I scena III: Duet: No, non temer: serena 05:17
playstop08 Otello: Act I scena IV: Recitative: Inutile e quel pianto 06:48
playstop09 Otello: Act I scena IV: Duet: Vorrei, che il tuo pensiero 04:31
playstop10 Otello: Act I scene 4-10: Recitative: Ma che miro! 05:19
playstop11 Otello: Act I scena XI: Santo Imen! 04:11
playstop12 Otello: Act I scena XII: Recitative: Dove son? Che mai veggio! 01:02
playstop13 Otello: Act I scena XII: scena: Nel cor d'un padre amante 04:42
playstop14 Otello: Act I scena XII: Trio: Ti parli l'amore 04:04
playstop15 Otello: Act I scena XIII: scena: L'infida, ahime! che miro! 03:08
playstop16 Otello: Act I scena XIII: Quintet: Incerta l'anima 03:37
playstop17 Otello: Act I scena XIII: Finale: Parti, crudel 02:29
playstop18 Otello: Act II scena I: Recitative: Lasciami 01:44
playstop19 Otello: Act II scena I: Aria: Che ascolto! 03:45
playstop20 Otello: Act II scena I: Cabaletta: Ah! come mai non senti 02:41
playstop21 Otello: Act II scena II: Recitative: M'abbandono! ? - scena III: Ah! vieni - scena IV: Ella a perdersi 02:13
playstop22 Otello: Act II scena V: scena and Recitative: Che feci! ? - scena VI: Perche mesto cosi? 06:25
playstop23 Otello: Act II scena VI: Duet: Non m'inganno: al mio rivale 04:35
playstop24 Otello: Act II scena VI: Stretta: L'ira d'avverso fato 02:28
playstop25 Otello: Act II scena VII: Recitative: E a tanto giunger puote - scena VIII: Rodrigo! ? 01:03
playstop26 Otello: Act II scena VIII: Duet: Ah! vieni, nel tuo sangue 04:09
playstop27 Otello: Act II scena IX: Trio: Ahime! fermate! 05:46
playstop28 Otello: Act II scena IX: Stretta: Fra tante smanie, e tante 02:06
playstop29 Otello: Act II scena X: scena: Desdemona! che veggo! 02:08
playstop30 Otello: Act II scena X: Finale: Che smania! ahime! - scena XI: Qual nuova 05:12
playstop31 Otello: Act II scena XI: Andantino and Stretta: L'error d'un infelice 03:09
playstop32 Otello: Act III scena I: scena and Recitative: Ah! 04:05
playstop33 Otello: Act III scena I: Danzone del gondiero: Nessun maggior dolore 04:46
playstop34 Otello: Act III scena I: Canzone del Salice: Assisa a pie d'un salice 08:38
playstop35 Otello: Act III scena II: Preghiera: Deh calma, o Ciel 02:22
playstop36 Otello: Act III scena III: scena: Eccomi giunto inosservato, e solo 07:18
playstop37 Otello: Act III scena III: Duet: Non arrestar il colpo ? 03:03
playstop38 Otello: Act III scena III: Stretta: Notte per me funesta! 02:29
playstop39 Otello: Act III scena III: Finale: Che sento! ? Chi batte! - scena IV: Rodrigo? ? - scena V: Per me la tua colpa 03:53
playstop40 Otello: Act III scena III: scena: Eccomi giunto inosservato 09:02
playstop41 Otello: Act III scena III: Duet: Amor! possente nume! 03:43
playstop42 Otello: Act III scena III: Andantino: Vacilla a quegl' accenti 04:06
playstop43 Otello: Act III scena III: Stretta: Cara/Caro per te quest'anima 02:23
playstop44 Otello: Act III scena IV: Finale: Rodrigo! 02:17
playstop45 Otello: Act III scena IV: Finale: Or piu dolci intorno al core 02:52
playstop46 Otello: Act III: Entrance Aria: Mura infelice, ove ogni di m'aggiro 06:37
playstop47 Otello: Act III: Cabaletta: Oh! quante lagrime 03:28
playstop48 Otello: Act III: Duet: Non m'inganno; al mio rivale 04:21
playstop49 Otello: Act III: Stretta: L'itra d'avverso fato 02:27

Opera Rara recorded the new critical edition by the Rossini Foundation of Otello. Hugely admired in its day, this highly innovative score contains some of Rossini’s most inspired music. The recording includes the reconstruction of the alternative happy ending (written for Rome in 1820) as well as an aria for Desdemona which the great Giudetta Pasta sang to acclaim in Paris and London.

Booklet includes complete libretto with English translation.

'Bruce Ford reveals himself as a Rossinian without equal today' - Hugh Canning, Sunday Times

Bruce Ford, Elizabeth Futral, Ildebrando DArcangelo, William Matteuzzi, Juan Jose Opera, Enkelejda Shkosa, Ryland Davies, Dominic Natoli, Barry Banks, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Conductor David Parry

ACT I.  SCENE ONE.

Returning to Venice, victorious from his campaign against the Turks in Cyprus, Otello disembarks amid the acclamations of the populace and is warmly greeted by the Doge and the Senate.  He generously declines all reward, declaring that, as a foreigner and an African, he is sufficiently honoured if Venice accepts him as a son.  Jago and Rodrigo, who are among his followers, interpret this reply as a sign of overweening pride.

While Otello departs to be fêted by the people, Elmiro, in response to an enquiry from Rodrigo, informs him that Desdemona is constantly sighing and weeping, but refuses to reveal any reason. 

Jago persuades Rodrigo to place his trust in him: a letter which Desdemona had intended for Otello, but which was intercepted by Elmiro, has found its way into his - Jago's - hands, and since the person for whom it was intended is not named, he is convinced that he can use it to jolt Otello's pride and awaken his jealousy. 

 

SCENE TWO.

Desdemona, attended by Emilia, is despondent and perturbed.  She loves Otello - it appears that she has, in fact, secretly married him - whereas her father hates him.  And while the Moor's victories have only increased her love for him, they have correspondingly exacerbated her father's hatred.  Elmiro, moreover, when he intercepted her letter, had assumed that it was directed to Rodrigo, and she is fearful lest Otello should come to hear of it and should believe her unfaithful.  Her fears are intensified by the fact that she has heard nothing from him since her letter failed to reach him.

She and Emilia go out of their way to avoid Jago who, aware of their dislike, reveals the cause of his resentment: he was once Desdemona's suitor, but was rejected when she gave her affections to Otello.

Elmiro informs Rodrigo that the time has come for him to marry Desdemona.  Without informing his daughter of what he has in mind, he bids her attend him to the celebrations in Otello's honour.

 

SCENE THREE.

In the presence of all his friends, Elmiro tells a dismayed and perplexed Desdemona to give Rodrigo her hand.  Otello, entering unexpectedly and seeing her at Rodrigo's side, assumes that she has betrayed him.  He steps forward to claim her, but finds himself opposed by Rodrigo.  Desdemona's admission that she has pledged her troth to Otello prompts Elmiro to curse her.  He forcibly separates her from Otello and drags her away.

 

 

ACT II.  SCENE ONE.

In response to Rodrigo's pleading, Desdemona unwisely reveals that she and Otello are married.  Rodrigo departs, apparently in wrath, and she is left fearing the consequences and feeling that she must warn Otello. 

 

SCENE TWO.

Jago pours his insinuations into Otello's ear, showing him Desdemona's letter, and the lock of her hair that accompanied it, and suggesting that both letter and token were destined for Rodrigo.

When Rodrigo appears, intending to try to bring about a reconciliation between himself and Otello, he finds himself grossly insulted and all his overtures rejected.  The two men challenge each other, and, undeterred by Desdemona's arrival and her attempts to placate them, depart to fight a duel.  Desdemona faints, and when she recovers finds herself yet again reproached and spurned by Elmiro.

 

ACT III.  SCENE ONE.

Desdemona, attended by Emilia, is preparing for bed.  The voice of a gondolier, heard passing outside her window and singing of happier days remembered in times of woe, puts her in mind of her own situation, and reminds her of her former African friend and slave, Isaura, who died of grief when she was deserted by her lover.  A gust of wind, harbinger of an approaching storm, shatters a pane of glass - an occurrence which Desdemona interprets as an omen of evil to come.  After taking a tearful farewell of Emilia, she prays to Heaven for help and retires to bed.

Otello enters by a secret door.  He believes that by this time Jago will have slain Rodrigo, and that, once he has killed Desdemona, his vengeance will be complete.  He does not, however, find it easy to wreak his revenge: each time he approaches the bed his purpose is overcome by the love which, despite himself, he continues to feel.  Eventually Desdemona awakes, but her protestations of innocence fail to convince him.  As the storm outside reaches its height, he stabs her to death.

 Lucio, one of his followers, arrives with the news that Rodrigo still lives, and that Jago, who has now confessed his guilt, is to be put to death.  The Doge and Rodrigo also appear, both now remorseful and ready to recognise the marriage of Otello and Desdemona.  Otello, however, opens the bed curtains to show them Desdemona's body, and then stabs himself.

 

 

 


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