Opera - Otello
A live recording of ENO's 1983 production, directed by Jonathan Miller
Dramma lirico in four acts
Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare, English translation by Andrew Porter
'See, the sail there!'
Chorus, Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo
'Oh rejoice now!'
'Roderigo, speak up'
'Flame of rejoicing!'
'Roderigo, drink up!'
Iago, Cassio, Chorus
Brindisi: 'Good comrades, brave and true'
Iago, Cassio, Chorus, Roderigo
'Captain Cassio, the guard awaits your orders'
Montano, Cassio, Iago, Chorus
'Your swords cast before me!'
Otello, Iago, Cassio, Montano
'Now in the silent darkness'
'Once when you told me of your life in exile'
'Don't give up hope, but trust in me'
'Take it; take the path to your ruin'
Yes, I believe in a God who has created me'
'There she is . . . Cassio . . . your chance . . .'
'How distressing . . '
'Beware, O my lord, beware of jealousy'
'At your glances, flame in our hearts'
Chorus, Desdemona, Otello, Iago
'I come from someone who has felt your anger'
'Grant me, oh grant me sweet words of pardon'
Desdemona, Otello, Iago, Emilia
'Now and forever farewell'
'By all creation! Can I believe in Desdemona?'
'Darkness had fallen, Cassio was sleeping . . .'
'See me swear, you heavens above me!'
'I bring word that the watchman at the harbour'
Herald, Otello, Iago
'God give you joy, Otello'
'You are trying to tease me'
'God! Had it pleased you to try me with affliction'
'Ah! Damned for ever!'
'Come now; the hall's deserted'
Iago, Cassio, Otello
'This is a cobweb, men are flies'
'How shall I take her life?'
Otello, Iago, Chorus
'Hail him! All hail him!'
Chorus, Lodovico, Otello, Desdemona, Emilia, Iago
'All hear me! The Doge . . .'
Otello, Roderigo, Iago, Cassio, Lodovico
'I lie here! Yes: I lie in the dust here . . .'
Desdemona, Emilia, Roderigo, Cassio, Lodovico, Chorus, Iago, Otello
'All in this day of glory rejoice'
Iago, Chorus, Otello, Lodovico, Desdemona
'But who can flee himself!'
Otello, Iago, Chorus
'Did he seem calmer?'
'''The poor soul sat sighing beneath a willow . . .'''
'Ave Maria, mother of mercy'
'Who's there? . . . Otello?'
'Calm and cold as the tomb'
Otello, Emilia, Desdemona
'Who's shouting! Oh God! Ah no!'
Emilia, Iago, Otello, Cassio, Montano, Lodovico
'Do not fear me'
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
6, 22, 25 & 28 January 1983