[ Opus Arte DVD / 2 DVD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 7 February 2007
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"…José Cura… sings and acts here with an inwardness and intensity which make a profound impression. So does Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, not in the first flush of youth, but heartfelt and direct" (BBC Music)
All Regions - Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic - LPCM Stereo / DTS 5.1 Surround - Colour - 151 Minutes - NTSC
"…José Cura… sings and acts here with an inwardness and intensity which make a profound impression. So does Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, not in the first flush of youth, but heartfelt and direct; while Lado Ataneli's Jago is a brilliantly understated study in jovial malevolence. With strong conducting from Antoni Ros-Marbà, the whole cast collaborate to give us the truth of this desperately upsetting work, as no other DVD and few live performances I've seen of it ever have."
The first of Verdi's two late Shakespearian operas stands as one of the great masterpieces of grand opera. José Cura, ranked among the world's leading interpreters of Verdi's music, takes the title role in Willy Decker's profound and intense production, recorded live at the Liceu, Barcelona in 2006 in true surround sound and filmed with high definition cameras.
This is Willy Decker's acclaimed minimalist and symbolic production originally created for La Monnaie
'Verdi's wise, passionate score was served with precision, gusto and a keen ear for drama by maestro Antoni Ros-Marbà and the solid, malleable Liceu orchestra.' Opera News
'José Cura has the vocal colouring, the power and strength, but above all the dramatic temperament that this colossal Verdi character demands.' El Pais
"This, then, is not the Otello of one's dreams, but the contributions of Decker, Cura, and Stoyanova are such that it is highly desirable nonetheless."