Verdi: Otello DVD (The Royal Opera) 2017


  • Keith Warner's production of Verdi’s Otello was the hottest ticket in the operatic world when The Royal Opera premiered it in June 2017. The reason? Jonas Kaufmann's titular debut in a role widely considered one of the most demanding in the tenor's canon. Add a stellar supporting cast of Marco Vratogna (Iago) and Maria Agresta (Desdemona), bring in arch-Verdian Sir Antonio Pappano to conduct the full ranks of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and it's no wonder the occasion has become part of Royal Opera folklore.

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    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
    Otello: Jonas Kaufmann
    lago: Marco Vratogna 
    Desdemona: Maria Agresta

    Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano
    Director: Keith Warner
    Set Design: Boris Kudlička
    Costume Designer: Kaspar Glarner
    Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet

    Extra Features: The Characters in Shakespeare's Othello; Verdi's Music for Otello

    Picture: 16:9
    Format: NTSC
    Sound Format: LPCM Stereo / DTS 5.1
    Region code: 0 (Worldwide)
    Running Time: 150 mins
    Subtitles: IT/EN/DE/FR

    Year: 2017

  • "Kaufmann’s exceptional musicality makes itself felt throughout the opera in a manner that has rarely been equalled in this history of recording... [Pappano] rivals Carlos Kleiber in his commanding grasp of the score’s architecture." Opera magazine

    "There can’t be much complaint about [Kaufmann's] singing’s mastery and beauty here; his eloquent phrasing and control of dynamics are exemplary whether the register is high or low" The Times

    "Antonio Pappano conducts with a missionary zeal for this piece, charming the green-eyed snake of jealousy that slithers through Verdi’s score and pushing the orchestra to the limit." The Guardian