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  • Actors: Aleksandrs Anotnenko, Marina Poplavskaya, Carlos Alvarez, Barbara Di Castri, Stephen Costello
  • Directors: Riccardo Muti, Stephen Langridge, Thomas Lang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, Spanish, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033II5EY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Aleksandrs Antonenko, Marina Poplavskaya, and Carlos Alvarez star in this production of the Verdi opera with Riccardo Muti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

Customer Reviews

With the caveats mentioned above I find the set highly recommended.
DDD
The performance is satisfying on a mechanical level without being fully convincing, and here I think Antonenko's obvious youth works against him.
Todd Kay
I found all the principals excellent, costumes very good and production OK as well.
operamarty

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DDD VINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
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Otello has fared relatively well on DVD. Domingo has three productions: ROH, Scala and the Met. He is also in a film courtesy of Zefferelli which can be ignored in view of the lip-synching and cuts to the score. Vickers has two, a Karajan film and the Met production from 1978 which is a stunning performance and commands the best Desdemona, Renata Scotto. There is also a production with Cura which I have not heard and an antiquity from RAI with Del Monaco which is self recommending for those fans who are willing to put up with zero production values and lip synching. In the interests of completeness, there is a set directed by Barenboim out of Berlin. I admit to knowing nothing as to the merits or demerits of this set.

This most recent taping is from Salzburg (and even with criticisms which muist be made) is highly competitive with the above sets featuring Domingo and Vickers. Even though we live in an era of the star conductor (and surely Muti is that)the cover of the set doesn't feature him nor does the camera linger on him during the performance (compare to Solti and his Salzburg Frosch). But he he clearly the star along with the great Vienna Philharmonic: they play as if possessed. The textures of the score are clear and balanced and it is exciting hear them though never at the expense of the singers. Muti, of all the conductors, can stand comparison with Toscanini; from the very beginning he establishes the tempos and the tone of the performance. Thrilling.

But what of the Otello? He is a young Latvian, aged 33 when the performance was taped; he had never sung the role before. It is a beautiful instrument, up to the demands of the role.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on June 14, 2010
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In my view this is an exceptional performance of Otello, one that ranks with the best of those currently available on video disc. Along with Riccardo Muti's masterful leadership in the pit and the quality of playing from the members of the Vienna Philharmonic, there is wonderful singing by the three principles: Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Marina Poplavskaya (Desdemona), and Carlos Alvarez (Iago). All three of these stars have beautiful voices which they use intelligently and with appropriate dramatic effect for this production.

Marina Poplavskaya easily takes her place with those lyric sopranos able to float beautiful pianissimos. However, the ease with which both Antonenko and Alvarez comfortably handle piano and pianissimo passages is both an unexpected bonus and quite beautiful to hear. Oh, they can certainly produce thrilling, ringing high notes when appropriate (check out the "Si pel Ciel" duet between Otello and Iago!), but when the score markings call for softer singing we are treated to something truly special.

For example, in Iago's Second Act aria, "Era la notte," Alvarez's pianissimo delivery evokes a degree of menace that's quite chilling. And the duet between Otello and Desdemona that brings Act One to a close is gorgeously sung and ends, not on competing forte high notes, but on softly sung high notes that allow their voices to blend with the believable tenderness of young lovers.

One hopes that Mr. Antonenko will be careful in his choice of roles as he builds his future repertoire so that he can preserve not only his heroic, ringing tenor voice, but also his ability to sing such lovely pianissimo notes when the music and the story-line call for it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Todd Kay on December 1, 2010
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As he did in Florence 1980 (Scotto, Cossutta, Bruson; audio, various labels) and Milan 2001 (Frittoli, Domingo, Nucci; DVD, first TDK, then reissued by Arthaus), Riccardo Muti at Salzburg 2008 opts for Verdi's 1894 Paris revision of the Act III concertato. His are the only performances in my library, audio or video, that make use of this rewrite. As was so often the case when Verdi revised a movement (e.g. the quartet and various duets in DON CARLOS), the gain is in concentration and clarity. The progress of Iago's machinations as he flits from pawn to pawn is more clearly focal, as his lines are brought into sharper relief, while Desdemona's contribution is significantly adjusted. It is an intelligent alternative that Muti must believe should be respected as the master's final word. But I confess to missing the sheer majesty of the more familiar grand sprawl we usually get in its place.

As the doomed lovers at the heart of the tragedy, Aleksandrs Antonenko (b. 1975) and Marina Poplavskaya (b. 1977) demonstrate both the pros (energy and freshness) and cons (callowness) of casting young singers in this music. Antonenko's sound is pleasingly ripe, or still ripening; he handles very difficult music without apparent strain, and Muti elicits from him a remarkably clean, faithful reading. But he lacks something in stature. I've always thought it a vague, lazy criticism to say that someone's dramatic attitudes seem "externally applied," but I really felt that here. Antonenko seems to be acting the way he knows an Otello should act, rather than drawing on insights into emotional states that drive Otello to act in these ways. The performance is satisfying on a mechanical level without being fully convincing, and here I think Antonenko's obvious youth works against him.
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