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Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:28:02 -0700
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Let's not forget the 1978 recording of Rossini's Otello with Jose Carreras
and von Stade.  That was the first time I had heard the complete opera.
Dond

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM, Clarissa Cheer <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> What I find interesting is the history of Rossini's Otello after it was
> first performed 200 years ago in 1816 at the theatre Fondo in Naples with
> singers Isabella Colbran and Nozzari. Rossini was in his prime and Otello
> proved to be one of the many popular Rossini's operas he created. Maria
> Malibran sang it everywhere, Italy, Paris, London even in New York during
> the 1820s-30s. Verdi must have seen it in Milan or other Italian houses as
> it was played there countless times.(See Fantan's bibliografia dei libretti
> d'opera Rossini).
>
> Verdi's Otello did not obliterate Rossini work, it seemed to have faded
> from
> the popular opera repertoire sometime before the entry of Verdi's
> masterpiece in 1887. Francis Toye wrote in his book long before the Rossini
> 200 revival, that Otello would never be seen again. However, from time to
> time it is seen and revived. The presentation of the opera sung by Chris
> Merritt, and Rocky Blake, June Anderson at Pesaro in 1988 had a
> great success and started a revival of the work, in several countries, with
> some of the same artists. I was lucky enough to enjoy the superb Nice,
> France performances and then in Chicago etc.
>
> Must say I agree that Verdi's version is rather depressing, that is one of
> the reasons I pick Rossini's vivid and exciting opera as my favourite. I do
> love the play! Coming from a theatrical family, at 12 years old my Mother
> bought me a ticket to Othello shown by the Old Vic Shakespeare Co in
> England- it was an unforgettable evening.
>
> As for Shakespeare operas. Verdi's Macbeth is thrilling. One of Verdi's
> great early works...I remember Elizabeth Connell and a great cast in Rome,
> and then Grace Bumbry later in LA, not so great. Macbeth was one of Renato
> Bruson's finest roles.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Clarissa Lablache Cheer
>
> > From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
> > Reply-To: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
> > Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:59:33 -0500
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
> >
> > I love both Verdi's and Rossini's Otellos (the latter less of a downer),
> > Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi,
> but my
> > favorite has to be Verdi's Falstaff.
> >
> > I also find Das Liebesverbot fascinating, although I can't really say I
> think
> > it's a very good opera.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Discussion of opera and related issues
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Vesna Danilovic
> > Sent: Monday, December 19, 2016 9:38 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Shakespeare and opera
> >
> > Dear listers,
> >
> > This year has seen numerous commemorations of 400 years after his death.
> > So, just before this milestone year expires, I thought to ask any
> interested
> > lister about their favorite opera with connection to Shakespeare. Mine is
> > probably Verdi¹s MACBETH, though perhaps his OTELLO is artistically even
> > closer to the original play. I also love Gounod¹s ROMEO ET JULIETTE on
> its own
> > merits, but -and I could be wrong in this- its music escapes me as an
> > expression of a Shakesperean tragedy. It's still a wonderful opera that
> I love
> > listening to, most fondly in the Met broadcast with Bjoerling and Sayao.
> >
> > It would be very much interesting if anyone else could share their own
> > choices.
> >
> > Happy holidays to all,
> >
> > Vesna
> >
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