This is a superior musical performance sabotaged by poor production. Antonenko has the power and acting ability for the role. Yoncheva sings and acts to great effect and the baritone, Lucic is perfection itself. Nezet-Seguin conducts a powerful performance.
Everything is wide open and can be seen or spied by all the performers. Even during the great monologue, "Dio mi potevi", a very private moment, Desdemona is seen watching a bit...luckily she moves away quickly.
The action seems to have been moved up to the 19th century; the pretty gowns worn by the women are merely a distraction.
Why isn't Otello in blackface? Kaufmann, in his DVD also is clearly white. Verdi referred to the as his "chocolate project". There's no drama without this distinction. Othello in Shakespeare is black, a prince among his people.
Tebaldi and DelMonaco were the great team in this opera at the Met. Tebaldi chose it as her final performance. Her acting was sincere and her singing perfect, with all the high notes and diminuendos in place.
Another great Met Otello on DVD stars Jon Vickers and Renata Scotto. There's no greater opera than this and Verdi profited from the wonderful libretto of Arrigo Boito.
- Directors: Stephen Langridge
- Format: Blu-ray, Classical, Dolby, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: Italian, German, French, English, Spanish
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
- DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2010
- Run Time: 163 minutes
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- ASIN: B0033II5EY