MARTINELLI FORMICHI BEECHAM VERDI OTELLO: Desdemona rea!...Ora e per sempre addio [live broadcast excerpt Covent Garden 19 IV 1937]. Giovanni Martinelli (1885? -- 1969) sang his first Otello at the San Francisco Opera during November 1936, followed by performances in November and December of that year with the Chicago Opera. Nine months before his assumption of Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, Martinelli appeared in the role in London during the Coronation Season, 1937. The current selection is probably the first preserved sound of Martinelli singing Otello. It was recorded during a radio transmission of one of his four Covent Garden Otellos. Cesare Formichi (1883 -- 1949), who alternated with Lawrence Tibbett, sang Iago in this performance under the direction of Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 -- 1961).
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JAGO nel fondo guardando di nascosto il fazzoletto, poi riponendolo con cura nel giustacuore (Con questi fili tramerò la prova del peccato d'amor. Nella dimora di Cassio ciò s'asconda)
OTELLO Atroce idea!
JAGO fissando Otello (Il mio velen lavora)
OTELLO Rea contro me! contro me!
JAGO cupo (Soffri e ruggi!)
OTELLO Atroce! atroce!
JAGO Non pensateci più. dopo essersi portato accanto ad Otello, bonariamente
English Libretto or Translation:
OTHELLO (sinking exhausted upon a stool) Desdemona false!...
IAGO (at the back, looking surreptitiously at the handkerchief, then replacing it carefully in his doublet) With these threads shall I weave the proof of the sin of love. It shall be hidden in Cassio’s lodging.
OTHELLO ... Monstrous thought!
IAGO (looking fixedly at Othello) My poison does its work.
OTHELLO ... False toward me! Toward me!!!
IAGO Suffer and roar!
OTHELLO Monstrous! Monstrous!
IAGO (having approached Othello, good-naturedly) Think no more of it.