Verdi: Otello (complete opera recorded in 2015) BLU-RAY

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Verdi: Otello (complete opera recorded in 2015) BLU-RAY
Metropolitan Opera / Aleksandrs Antonenko, Sonya Yoncheva, Željko Lučić, Chad Shelton, Dimitri Pittas, Jennifer Johnson / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (cond)

[ Sony Classical Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc ]

Release Date: Saturday 24 September 2016

Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

Directed by the Tony Award winning and six time MET director, Bartlett Sher, this lavish production of Verdi's operatic masterpiece Otello features one of the most exciting young opera singers of her generation, Sonya Yoncheva, and the Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, conducted by their new director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 10 minutes additional bonus material - "Backstage at the Met with host Eric Owens": 1. Interview with Željko Lučić and Aleksandrs Antonenko, 2. Act III trio rehearsal, 3. Interview with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Bartlett Sher, 4. Interview with Sonya Yoncheva.

"Ms. Yoncheva, the fast-rising Bulgarian soprano, just 33, is poised for a major career, and this Desdemona shows why. Her luscious sound has just enough of an earthy tinge and texture to balance the shimmer of her singing. She excelled during the complex choral scene at the end of Act III, a high point of this production, magnificently staged. Before the assembled people of Cyprus and the visiting ambassador from Venice, Otello denounces Desdemona and, pulling her hair, yanks her to the ground. The shattered Desdemona expresses humiliation in anguished, pleading phrases. Ms. Yoncheva's soaring voice broke through the chorus, suggesting that maybe this sweet, loving wife had a capacity for defiance." New York Times

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) perform an excerpt from the Love Duet from Act I at the final dress rehearsal of Verdi's "Otello."