Fuoco di gioia! Verdi – Otello Deutsche Grammophon
Verdi’s greatest tragic opera
From the opening tempest scene to the spine tingling finish, Verdi’s transformation of the original Shakespeare play crackles with theatrical electricity and incandescent intensity. When the evil Iago cleverly exploits Otello’s obsessive jealousy, the Moor’s innocent wife Desdemona is blindsided in the explosive dramatic friction. This musical portrait of Otello’s descent into a tortured heart of darkness is explicit in every chilling detail – you’ll feel the Moor’s temples throb with Vesuvian rage and hear the blood boiling in his veins as he destroys all in life that he holds dear.
RUNNING TIME 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intermissions.
PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE [ Listen ] One hour prior to each performance. Music Director James Conlon interviewed by Alan Chapman. Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles.
PRODUCTION NOTES: Co-production with Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Teatro Regio di Parma. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.