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Verdi and Shakespeare

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 06 April 2012

After Aida was performed in 1871, there was a gap of sixteen years before Verdi's penultimate opera found its way to the stage. He'd been lured back by the temptation of a new Shakespearean work- Otello. Donald Macleod introduces highlights from the work regarded by many as Verdi's finest tragic opera, and he takes a look at Verdi's final contribution to the stage, based on Shakespeare's comic fictional character - Falstaff.

Music Played

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  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Otello Act I (T4) 'Fuoco di gioia!' [chorus]

    Conductor: Myung-Whun CHUNG Conductor: Placido DOMINGO Performer: Cheryl STUDER - Soprano (Desdemona) Performer: Denyce GRAVES - Mezzo-soprano (Emilia) Performer: Giacomo PRESTIA - Baritone (Montano) Performer: Ildebrando d' ARCANGELO - Bass (Lodovico) Performer: Michael SCHADE - Tenor (Roderigo) Performer: Ramon VARGAS - Tenor (Cassio) Performer: Sergei LEIFERKUS - Baritone (Iago) Performer: Bastille Opera Orchestra

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 439-8052

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    Giuseppe Verdi Otello: Act I love duet: 'Gia nella note densa'

    Conductor: Myung-Whun CHUNG Conductor: Placido DOMINGO Performer: Cheryl STUDER - Soprano (Desdemona) Performer: Bastille Opera Orchestra

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 439-8052

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Otello: Act II from 'Desdemona rea!' to end of act

    Conductor: Myung-Whun CHUNG Performer: Placido DOMINGO - Tenor (Otello) Performer: Sergei LEIFERKUS - Baritone (Iago) Performer: Bastille Opera Orchestra

    DGG, 4398052-

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Falstaff Act I Part 1: 'Ma e tempo d'assottigliar l'ingegno' to end of Part 1

    Conductor: Claudio ABBADO Performer: Anatoly KOTCHERGA - Bass (Pistol) Performer: Anthony MEE - Tenor (Bardolph) Performer: Bryn TERFEL - Baritone (Falstaff) Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 471-194-2

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    Giuseppe Verdi Falstaff: Act III Part2 from 'Alto l'à' to end of act

    Conductor: Claudio ABBADO Performer: Adrianne PIECZONKA - Soprano (Alice Ford) Performer: Anatoly KOTCHERGA - Bass (Pistol) Performer: Anthony MEE - Tenor (Bardolph) Performer: Bryn TERFEL - Baritone (Falstaff) Performer: Dorothea ROSCHMANN - Soprano (Nanetta) Performer: Enrico FACINI - Tenor (Dr Caius) Performer: Larissa DIADKOVA - Mezzo-soprano (Mistress Quickly) Performer: Stella DOUFEXIS - Contralto (Meg Page) Performer: Thomas HAMPSON - Baritone (Ford) Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Berlin Radio Chamber Choir

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 471-194-2

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