Opera - Otello

A live recording of ENO's 1983 production, directed by Jonathan Miller
 GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813-1901)
 Otello 138:06  
  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
  Chorus  
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
  Desdemona  
  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