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Verdi - Otello

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 02 June 2011

This summer Gianandrea Noseda, who's been Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic since September 2002, hands over the baton to Juanjo Mena. Noseda will return in future as Conductor Laureate, but as a climax to his tenure in the top job he conducted a concert performance at the Bridgewater Hall of Verdi's last great tragedy, 'Otello' - and you can hear it as this week's Thursday Opera Matinee.

Verdi's brooding Shakespearean masterpiece is sung by a world-class line up of soloists, led by American tenor Clifton Forbis in the title role and the Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli as his wife Desdemona. Their nemesis Iago is sung by the Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli.

From Monday 11 July, Afternoon on 3 will broadcast a week of programmes celebrating Gianandrea Noseda's work with the BBC Philharmonic.

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Giuseppe Verdi Otello

    Performer: Clifton Forbis (tenor – Otello) Performer: Barbara Frittoli (soprano – Desdemona) Performer: Lado Ataneli (baritone – Iago) Performer: Alessandro Liberatore (tenor – Cassio) Performer: Julian Close (bass – Lodovico) Performer: John Pierce (tenor – Roderigo) Performer: Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano – Emilia) Performer: Matthew Hargreaves (baritone – Araldo /Montano) Performer: London Symphony Chorus Orhcestra: BBC Philharmonic Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

    BBC Recording made 16 April 2011 at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

  • Gianandrea Noseda stands at the helm of the BBC Phil

    Gianandrea Noseda stands at the helm of the BBC Phil

    Credit: Robert Garbolinski

  • The massed forces of the BBC Phil and London Symphony Chorus

    The massed forces of the BBC Phil and London Symphony Chorus

    Credit: Robert Garbolinski



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