Otelo o sea El moro de Venecia
Ópera de Rossini dirigida escénicamente por Moshe Leiser et Patrice Caurier. Con Cecilia Bartoli (Desdemona) y John Osborn (Otelo)
Muhai Tang — Director musical
Patrice Caurier — Director de escena
Moshe Leiser — Director de escena
Christian Fenouillat — Escenógrafo
Agostino Cavalca — Diseñador de vestuario
Christophe Forey — Iluminador
Hans-Rudolf Kunz — Iluminador
Jürg Hämmerli — Director de coro
Orquesta de la Casa de Ópera de Zúrich
Sobre el programa...
Gioachino Rossini's Otello, which the composer presented at the Teatro del Fondo in Naples in 1816, is only loosely based on the famous Shakespearean tragedy. Francesco Berio's libretto is primarily indebted to a drama that had been premièred in Naples in 1813: Otello by Baron Carlo Cosenza.
The figure of Jago clearly recedes behind the open enmity between the already secretly married Moor and Rodrigo, whose love for Desdemona is not requited; the handkerchief is replaced by a love note, which the real recipient, Otello, believes to be addressed to a rival; and Desdemona's father, Elmiro, is a political opponent of the Moor.
Yet despite the predictable criticism due to these changes, this work brought Rossini lasting success in all the great theatres until the première performance of Verdi's eponymous opera in 1887. Only rarely does Rossini's Otello make it onto the operatic stage today. After all, the cast alone demands three exceptional tenors – an attribute that applies to John Osborn, Javier Camarena and Edgardo Rocha, who can be heard in the new Zurich production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, in equal measure. Cecilia Bartoli will be giving a further, eagerly awaited Rossini role début as Desdemona, and Muhai Tang will be conducting the piece.
Cecilia Bartoli appears courtesy of Decca.