Donald Macleod introduces highlights from two Shakespearean operas: Verdi's finest tragic opera, and his only comedy, based on Shakespeare's absurd fictional character Falstaf.
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.
Otello ..... Placido Domingo (tenor)
Desdemona ..... Cheryl Studer (soprano)
Iago ..... Sergei Leiferkus (baritone)
Orchestra and Chorus of Bastille Opera
Conductor, Myung-Whun Chung
Falstaff ..... Bryn Terfel (baritone)
Bardolph ..... Anthony Mee (tenor)
Pistol ..... Anatoli Kotscherga (bass)
Mistress Quickly ..... Larissa Diadkova (mezzo)
Alice Ford ..... Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano)
Meg Page ..... Stella Doufexis (contralto)
Nanetta ..... Dorothea Röschmann (soprano)
Ford ..... Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Dr Caius ..... Enrico Facini (tenor)
Berlin Radio Choir
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor, Claudio Abbado.
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