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CHAN 3068
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Opera - Otello

Verdi: Otello

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2001

Originally recorded in 2000


English National Opera Orchestra

Mark Elder

Gordon Traynor

baritone - Herald

Neil Howlett

baritone - Iago

Malcolm Rivers

baritone - Montano

Sean Rea

bass - Lodovico

Shelagh Squires

mezzo-soprano - Emilia

Rosalind Plowright

soprano - Desdemona

Bonaventura Bottone

tenor - Cassio

Charles Craig

tenor - Otello

Stuart Kale

tenor - Roderigo

English National Opera Chorus


London Coliseum


John Fraser


Stuart Eltham

Record Label
Opera In English


Vocal & Song

Opera in English

Total Time - 137:39
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Opera - Otello

A live recording of ENO's 1983 production, directed by Jonathan Miller


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  Dramma lirico in four acts  
  Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare, English translation by Andrew Porter  
  Act I  
  Scene 1  
1 'See, the sail there!' 4:22
  Chorus, Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo  
2 'Oh rejoice now!' 2:17
  Otello, Chorus  
3 'Roderigo, speak up' 2:45
  Iago, Roderigo  
4 'Flame of rejoicing!' 2:23
5 'Roderigo, drink up!' 1:36
  Iago, Cassio, Chorus  
6 Brindisi: 'Good comrades, brave and true' 3:47
  Iago, Cassio, Chorus, Roderigo  
7 'Captain Cassio, the guard awaits your orders' 1:15
  Montano, Cassio, Iago, Chorus  
  Scene 2  
8 'Your swords cast before me!' 3:07
  Otello, Iago, Cassio, Montano  
  Scene 3  
9 'Now in the silent darkness' 2:30
  Otello, Desdemona  
10 'Once when you told me of your life in exile' 7:33
  Desdemona, Otello  
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
11 'Don't give up hope, but trust in me' 2:42
  Iago, Cassio  
  Scene 2  
12 'Take it; take the path to your ruin' 0:32
13 Yes, I believe in a God who has created me' 4:25
14 'There she is . . . Cassio . . . your chance . . .' 1:23
  Scene 3  
15 'How distressing . . ' 2:52
16 'Beware, O my lord, beware of jealousy' 2:17
  Iago, Otello  
17 'At your glances, flame in our hearts' 4:01
  Chorus, Desdemona, Otello, Iago  
  Scene 4  
18 'I come from someone who has felt your anger' 2:22
  Desdemona, Otello  
19 'Grant me, oh grant me sweet words of pardon' 2:55
  Desdemona, Otello, Iago, Emilia  
  Scene 5  
20 'Desdemona guilty!' 1:41
21 'Now and forever farewell' 2:10
22 'By all creation! Can I believe in Desdemona?' 1:24
  Otello, Iago  
23 'Darkness had fallen, Cassio was sleeping . . .' 4:37
  Iago, Otello  
24 'See me swear, you heavens above me!' 3:01
  Otelo, Iago  
  Act III  
  Scene 1  
25 'I bring word that the watchman at the harbour' 2:54
  Herald, Otello, Iago  
  Scene 2  
26 'God give you joy, Otello' 3:12
27 'You are trying to tease me' 6:59
  Desdemona, Otello  
  Scene 3  
28 'God! Had it pleased you to try me with affliction' 4:22
  Scene 4  
  'Ah! Damned for ever!'  
  Otello, Iago  
  Scene 5  
29 'Come now; the hall's deserted' 3:52
  Iago, Cassio, Otello  
30 'This is a cobweb, men are flies' 1:56
  Iago, Cassio  
  Scene 6  
31 'How shall I take her life?' 1:14
  Otello, Iago, Chorus  
  Scene 7  
32 'Hail him! All hail him!' 3:43
  Chorus, Lodovico, Otello, Desdemona, Emilia, Iago  
  Scene 8  
33 'All hear me! The Doge . . .' 1:49
  Otello, Roderigo, Iago, Cassio, Lodovico  
34 'I lie here! Yes: I lie in the dust here . . .' 3:40
  Desdemona, Emilia, Roderigo, Cassio, Lodovico, Chorus, Iago, Otello  
35 'All in this day of glory rejoice' 1:56
  Iago, Chorus, Otello, Lodovico, Desdemona  
  Scene 9  
36 'But who can flee himself!' 1:53
  Otello, Iago, Chorus  
  Act IV  
  Scene 1  
37 'Did he seem calmer?' 4:56
38 '''The poor soul sat sighing beneath a willow . . .''' 7:05
  Desdemona, Emilia  
  Scene 2  
39 'Ave Maria, mother of mercy' 5:01
  Scene 3  
40 'Who's there? . . . Otello?' 6:23
  Desdemona, Otello  
41 'Calm and cold as the tomb' 2:00
  Otello, Emilia, Desdemona  
  Scene 4  
42 'Who's shouting! Oh God! Ah no!' 1:30
  Emilia, Iago, Otello, Cassio, Montano, Lodovico  
43 'Do not fear me' 5:17
  Otello, Cassio, Chorus  
 Charles Craig tenor - Otello
 Rosalind Plowright soprano - Desdemona
 Neil Howlett baritone - Iago
 Shelagh Squires mezzo-soprano - Emilia
 Bonaventura Bottone tenor - Cassio
 Stuart Kale tenor - Roderigo
 Sean Rea bass - Lodovico
 Malcolm Rivers baritone - Montano
 Gordon Traynor baritone - Herald
 Mark Elder
  6, 22, 25 & 28 January 1983  
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‘Chandos’ outstanding sound allows listeners to hear every note of this recording … Anyone who wants a Rigoletto in English will be happy with this worthy effort.’
American Record Guide on CHAN 3030(2) (Rigoletto)

‘The ENO chorus and orchestra are in good form, and Mark Elder, always at his best in Verdi, conducts magnificently.’
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 3030(2) (Rigoletto)

‘This …is one of the most welcome additions to the series, not least because it reminds us once again what an accomplished conductor of Verdi Elder is. His judgement of tempo is unerring, as is his support of the singers and his realization, in terms of shapely phrasing and excellent playing, of the score’s many felicities.’
Opera Magazine on CHAN 3030(2) (Rigoletto)

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