Otello (complete opera recorded in 2013) BLU-RAY

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Otello (complete opera recorded in 2013) BLU-RAY
Zurich Opera / Cecilia Bartoli, Peter Kálmán, John Osborn, Javier Camarena / Muhai Tang (cond)

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Release Date: Sunday 20 July 2014

Cecilia Bartoli makes her long-anticipated debut in the role of Desdemona in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's new production of Rossini's Otello for the Zurich Opera House.

Rossini's unusual scoring of the drama calls for three tenor supporting roles - here sung to universal acclaim by long-standing Bartoli collaborators John Osborn and Javier Camarena and newcomer Edgardo Rocha.

Bartoli's dramatic command and vocal presence dominate the stage and reveal her artistry to be entering a rich new stage of development

Released in anticipation of Cecilia Bartoli's 2014 Whitsun Festival at Salzburg "Rossinissmo" and in time for her appearance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in April 2014 as Desdemona in Rossini's Otello.

"Ms. Bartoli…displayed…the dazzling strengths that have characterized her work since the beginning. It is obvious that she has plotted out every musical and dramatic moment: every subtle diminuendo, every gesture. But her charm - those twinkling eyes, those powerful low notes - is such that the effect doesn't feel overly calculated." - The New York Times

"Zurich Opera stared down the mighty challenge posed by Rossini's Otello ossia il moro di Venezia, and knocked it out of the ballpark." - Operatoday.com

"Sophisticated and expressive performance deserves to bring the composer's under-sung work to the widest possible audience." (Financial Times)

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - July 2014

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