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Notable Othellos in Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello

Otello was Giuseppe Verdi’s penultimate work, followed only by Falstaff, and is arguably his dramatic magnum opus. The libretto, which was written by Arrigo Boito, cuts Shakespeare’s work to its essentials, allowing for the much fuller expressions of the amazing range of emotions that charge the characters of the opera. Of course, in order to appreciate the full range of emotions present in the opera, the opera demands performers who not only possess the vocal ability to sing their lines but also acting ability, as opera is not an art from that is confined to singing.

The role of Otello, aside from that of Desdemona and Iago, were among the most demanding of Verdi’s characters, in terms of both vocal and dramatic capacity. Because of the skill required to play the role, only the most illustrious singers in the past 130 years have been able to clinch the role.

Here’s a look at the most notable Otellos who played the titular role:

Notable Othellos in Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello

Disclaimer: The images used in the prezi are definitely not mine, so please don’t sue me. 😦

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  1. March 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    wow all of them are tenors.
    It’s the first time I’ve opened a collection of tenors who did Othello.
    Seems like most of them are Italians.
    Well, opera came from italy.
    Surprised actually that one them is a helden tenor. Helden tenors are the rarest of the tenor species, and one of the most dramatic in terms of emotion. At least you’re interested in classical music:

    https://transmedialshakespeare.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/shakespeare-and-choral-music-part-1/

    You might want to check the collection of choral music Shakespeare I gathered. it’s an audio collage =D

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