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Verdi - Otello - Welsh National Opera (21st February 2009) [TVrip (Divx)]
The following information is from the offical Welsh National Opera website for promotion of this production.
With opulent, traditional costumes, WNO's new production of Otello, is gripping from the start. Turning a costume drama into a real drama, you can see the smells and believe the characters.This tragic story is set into motion by the cruel actions of the villain of the piece, Iago. He is fuming that he has been passed over for promotion in favour of Cassio, so plans to ensnare the honourable but trusting Otello in a web of lies about his innocent wife Desdemona.
In creating the staging for Welsh National Opera, renowned opera director Paul Curran says, "I am not interested in making opera an intellectual pursuit or wanting to confuse an audience. Opera is visceral; music is made to be felt." Paul Edwards' beautiful costumes echo this approach, evoking the rich and sensuous splendour of the Venetian court.
Verdi's Otello is Italian opera at its finest with moving arias, powerful duets and spectacular choruses. Not a note is wasted, Verdi was determined his audiences would leave the theatre moved and exhilarated. Moments such as Desdemona's Willow Song and Ave Maria, will haunt you with their beauty long after the curtain has fallen.
The 100-strong Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera brings this gripping score to life. They are joined by an impressive cast of internationally-renowned opera singers including Dennis O'Neill as Otello Amanda Roocroft as Desdemona and David Kempster as Iago and WNO Associate Artists Robin Tritschler and David Soar.
Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Director Paul Curran
Designer Paul Edwards
Lighting Designer David Martin Jacques
Montano: Julian Boyce
Cassio: Wynne Evans
Iago: David Kempster
Roderigo: Robin Tritschler
Otello: Dennis O'Neill
Desdemona: Amanda Roocroft
Emilia: Claire Bradshaw
Herald: James Robinson-May
Lodovico: David Soar
Originally broadcast on Welsh Channel 4 (S4C) on 21st February 2009. Recorded live from Millennium Centre, Cardiff in autumn 2008.
Sung in Italian wth English subtitles, with additional commentary in Welsh, also with English subtitles.
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