This performance was well sung but the acting was lacking with some exception. Jessica Nuccio makes a wonderful Desdemona and sings a lovely willow song and prayer in act 4.
I have a beef with the staging. For some reason the director chose to have several men dressed up in leather with punk hair floating around the stage distracting from the performance. I understand that these blokes, not part of Verdi's work, represent evil, anger etc. But they are just out of place and distract from the action and singers. They are intrusive and just in the way.
They also reveal a subtle phenomenon common to modern thought. They mime some of the action effectively deflecting some of the guilt/responsibility off Otello and Iago. This is a crying shame but unfortunately part of the misguided modern psychology that also says "the devil made me do it" - the devil can be your genes, upbringing or socioeconomic circumstances. One of these devils actually initiates the death of Desdemona which Otello completes.
Uggg. The idea here is that Iago with a kerchief is able to let loose the devil inside Otello! He is responsible for his own actions and evil. So is Iago. This nonsense, I believe, actually impeded the principals from acting their roles. What we are left with is an emasculated Iago and Otello and a psychology that removes all the tension and drama, all the humanity from the characters effectively destroying the power of the opera.
Only Verdi's music saves this one. Better to put it in and just listen with eyes closed. Otherwise the production had promise of much better. I feel sorry for the performers.
- Format: Classical, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Arthaus
- DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2015
- Run Time: 140 minutes
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- ASIN: B00WUKHZOC