Rossini’s Otello

Alternative title
Otello
Synopsis
Radio broadcast of a concert performance of Rossini’s opera. The American tenor John Osborn sings the title role with Anna Caterina Antonacci as Desdemona. Evelino Pido conducts the Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the Theatre Chatelet, Paris.
Series
Opera on 3
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
11 Dec 2010 at 18:00
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Writer
Francesco Berio di Salsa
Music
Gioacchino Rossini
Contributor
Alexandra Wilson
Cast
John OsbornOtello (Othello)
Anna Caterina AntonacciDesdemona
Jose Manuel ZapataIago
Jose Maria Lo MonacoEmilia
Dmitri KorchakRoderigo
Fabrice ConstansLucio
Tansel AkzeybekDoge od Venice (Duke of Venice)
Tansel AkzeybekGondolier

Additional Details

Theatre
Theatre Chatelet, Paris
Theatre company
Lyon Opera
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The performance was recorded in Paris in November 2010. Both programme sources credit two performers for the role of Iago. According to Concerto.Net, Zapata replaced Schmunck, who had initially performed the role http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=6945 (accessed 12/2010).
General
"Rossini’s Otello was written for performance in Naples and first given in 1816. It many respects it has been overshadowed by Verdi’s operatic masterpiece but Rossini’s opera marks a real development in his dramatic style. The libretto gives a different emphasis to some of the characters both in Shakespeare’s original and in Verdi’s version most notably Iago. Rossini writes Otello, Iago and Rodrigo as tenors and his librettist replaces the important stolen handkerchief with a letter. The whole opera takes place in Venice with the Cypriot location forgotten." (BBC programme information)
Textual information
Francesco Berio di Salsa’s libretto is based on a French translation of Shakespeare’s play by Alexandra Wilson.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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Fax
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