Otello

Otello

DVD - 2004 | Italian
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The Met's production of Verdi's Otello from 1995, with Placido Domingo in one of his greatest roles opposite the stunning Renee Fleming in her first breakaway Met success.

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PeterBerger
Dec 03, 2014

It is a sad story. Maybe it would be better if they changed the ending and cleared up the misunderstanding so that all could live happily ever after!

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sykch
Dec 12, 2011

This is a much sadder story than Romeo and Juliette. In fact, I think it’s the saddest story in town. A man rises to power and popularity, marries a beautiful and devoted woman. He is at the pinnacle of a perfect life, and yet, he succumbs to the deceptive evil powers of Iago, who prays on Otello’s insecurities. Iago spreads rumors about Otello’s own wife Desdemona, and his best friend Cassio. Who would have believed Iago? Iago’s own wife didn’t even believe Iago. Based on Shakespeare’s tragic tale Othello, this Metropolitan Opera production is at the height of opera production. Placido Domingo (Pavarotti who?), Renee Fleming, James Levine…this is gonna be a hard act to follow for the next generation of opera. Have a box of tissues ready for the last act…and warning, it is so well acted, that it is unusually realistic. This is also a very shocking story of race relations, gender politics, and political back-stabbing. If your are new to opeara, this is the one to watch.

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