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Otello

Synopsis
Live recording of Zeffirelli’s production of Verdi’s Otello. Placido Domingo is Othello and Sherrill Milnes is Iago. The stage production was directed by Fabrizio Melano; Kirk Browning directs for television. Francis Robinson is the host. The New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by James Levine.
Series
Live from the Met
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
24 Sep 1979 at 20:00 (Channel: WNET-TV)
Duration
210 mins

Credits

Director
Kirk Browning
Producer
Christopher Sarson
Writer
Arrigo Boito
Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Production Design
Franco Zeffirelli
Costume
Peter J. Hall
Contributor
Fabrizio Melano; Francis Robinson
Cast
Plácido DomingoOthello
Gilda Cruz-RomoDesdemona
Sherrill MilnesIago
Giuliano CiannellaMichael Cassio
Shirley LoveEmilia
Charles AnthonyRoderigo
Gene BoucherHerald
John DarrenkampMontano
Kurt MollLodovico

Additional Details

Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
Theatre company
New York Metropolitan Opera
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Placido Domingo’s first performance of the role on US live television.
History
The intermission features Francis Robinson speaking about opening nights at the Met, Robert Jacobson speaking with James Levine, critics, and members of the cast and the audience. Placido Domingo talks of creating a character. There is a roundtable discussion with Domingo, Gilda Cruz-Romo and Sherill Milnes.

Production Company

Name

Metropolitan Opera Association

Archive

Name

Paley Center for Media

Web
http://www.paleycenter.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(212) 621-6600
Address
25 West 52 Street
New York
New York
110019
USA
Notes
Formerly Museum of Television and Radio (MTR). The name changed in 2007.

Distributor

Name

PBS

Web
http://www.pbs.org External site opens in new window

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