VERDI Otello / Botha, Fleming, Struckmann, Bychkov

GIUSEPPE VERDI

Otello
Johan Botha · Renée Fleming
Falk Struckmann
The Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Semyon Bychkov

Production Elijah Moshinsky
Int. Release 04 May. 2015
1 DVD-Video
0440 074 3862 6
Dolby Stereo / SURROUND: DTS 5.1
Picture format: 16:9 / NTSC
Subtitles: English, French, German, Chinese, Korean
Filmed live in High Definition
A Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production


Track List

Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Renée Tatum, Michael Fabiano, Eduardo Valdes, Stephen Gaertner, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Otello

Act 1

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Stephen Gaertner, Michael Fabiano, Falk Struckmann, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Johan Botha, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Falk Struckmann, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Falk Struckmann, Michael Fabiano, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Falk Struckmann, Michael Fabiano, Eduardo Valdes, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Stephen Gaertner, Michael Fabiano, Falk Struckmann, Eduardo Valdes, Johan Botha, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Johan Botha, Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Act 2

8.
2:42

Falk Struckmann, Michael Fabiano, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Falk Struckmann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Falk Struckmann, Johan Botha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Johan Botha, Renée Fleming, Falk Struckmann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Renée Tatum, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Renée Tatum, Michael Fabiano, Eduardo Valdes, Stephen Gaertner, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Otello

Act 3

Luthando Qave, Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Falk Struckmann, Michael Fabiano, Johan Botha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Falk Struckmann, Michael Fabiano, Johan Botha, James Morris, Luthando Qave, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

25.
2:35

Act 4

26.
4:00

29.
3:15

30.
6:24

Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Renée Tatum, Michael Fabiano, Eduardo Valdes, Stephen Gaertner, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov

Sondra Radvanovsky, Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, John Sellars

Total Playing Time: 2:42:11

The sound and her performance, vocally and as an actress, are outstanding and could not be better framed than in this traditionally costumed and staged production . . . Fleming's contribution to the love duet at the end of act one (CH.7), her soaring voice over the drama in act three and her heart-rending singing of the "Willow Song" and "Ave Maria" in act four are the highlights (CHs. 26-28) . . . Michael Fabiano was, in figure and tone, an elegant Cassio and Renée Tatum a sympathetic and supportive Amelia.

Johan Botha's voice is large enough for this demanding role . . . Renée Fleming is the Desdemona as she was two decades earlier in the Domingo Met performance; she still is excellent in the role, and Falk Struckmann impresses as Iago. Semyon Bychkov's conducting is excellent . . . Video and audio are excellent on this new version . . .

. . . [Fleming's] big last Act numbers, "Piangea cantando nell'erma landa . . ." (the Willow Song) and "Ave Maria", are sung beautifully and with great passion, and she's consistently excellent throughout the rest of the opera . . . the Iago of Falk Struckmann may be even more sensational. His acting skills are outstanding, as he is so subtly, so cleverly evil, and his vocal talents are more than a match: try his Act 2 "Era la notte" . . . Johan Botha is also extremely impressive here . . . [he makes a strong Otello and has] a healthy, powerful voice with not the least encumbrance. Michael Fabiano is very convincing as Cassio and the rest of the cast is quite good. Thus, from a vocal perspective this is a truly excellent Otello . . . Semyon Bychkov draws splendid playing from the Met Orchestra and shapes the score well with judicious tempos and sensitive phrasing. As usual the Met Chorus sings magnificently, and the ballet dancers turn in fine work. As for the Elijah Moshinsky production itself, it is most satisfying on all counts . . . with lavish sets and gorgeous period costuming . . . Camera work, picture clarity and sound reproduction are all quite fine . . . [for star power and production values,] how could you choose against Renée Fleming and the splendid Iago of Falk Struckmann? Highly recommended.

Fleming: bouleversante Desdemona . . . Au I, Renée Fleming sait revêtir sa couleur vocale d'une réelle candeur, celle d'une adolescente encore pure, d'une sensualité lumineuse sans l'ombre d'aucune pensée inquiète ("Già nella notte"). La diva nuance avec habileté l'évolution de son personnage, de la beauté lisse à l'inquiétude de plus en plus sombre enfin vers la résignation suicidaire (IV). La facon dont elle construit son personnage et le colore progressivement de prémonition noire, demeure exemplaire: la chanteuse sait être une actrice. C'est bien ce que souhaitait Boito comme Verdi: le dernier râle de la victime à l'adresse de sa suivante Emilia (Addio) rejoint la grandeur tragique et intimiste du théâtre: voilà la force de Verdi et l'intelligence de Renée Fleming. L'ouvrage aurait évidemment pu s'intituler Desdemona: la performance de la diva américaine le démontre sans réserve.

Décors imposants, costumes colorés, historicité et naturalisme garantis: c'est la rutilante production bien connue d'Elijah Moshinsky, que le Met préfère depuis 1994 . . . les admirateurs de Renée Fleming se précipiteront: . . . elle trouve encore en Desdémone un de ses meilleurs rôles, toujours au sommet pour le Saule et l'Ave maria. Les seconds rôles sont bien tenus, surtout le Cassio de Michael Fabiano et l'Emilia de Renée Tatum. Très belle direction de Semyon Bychkov, contrastée mais maîtrisée, tendue mais ciselée, qui plonge au coeur des ténèbres.