Musical Form: Opera – Verdi: “Otello”

File:Verdi.jpgOtello is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s play Othello. It was Verdi’s penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on February 5, 1887.

 

 

 

Notable Arias/Choruses:

Act I:


‘Fuoco di gioia!’04 Otello, Act1_ Fuoco di gioia! (Ci


 


Act II:


‘Credo in un Dio crudel’12 Otello, Act2_ Credo in un Dio cru


‘Ora è per sempre addio’19 Otello, Act2_ Ora e per sempre ad


‘Era la notte’21 Otello, Act2_ Era la notte, Cassi 


‘Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!’23 Otello, Act2_ Sì, pel ciel marmor


 


Act III:


 Dio mi potevi!05 Otello, Act3_ Dio! mi potevi scag


 


Act IV:


Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Willow Song)16 Otello, Act4_ Mia madre aveva una


Ave Maria18 Otello, Act4_ Ave Maria, piena di


Niun mi tema!22 Otello, Act4_ Niun mi tema (Otell


 


Video Clips:

Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes sing “Si, per ciel…” from Verdi’s Otello live from the Met 1979



 

Placido Domingo & Sherrill Milnes – ‘Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!’ , Met Concert, 1983



 

 
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