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Desdemona rea

Opera details:

Opera title:

Otello

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Otello Synopsis

Libretto:

Otello Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Otello / Iago

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone

Act:

2.11

Previous scene: Quel vel mi porgi
Next scene: Tu indietro fuggi

MARTINELLI FORMICHI BEECHAM VERDI OTELLO

Singer(s): Cesare Formichi Giovanni Martinelli Lawrence Tibbett

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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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:


SCENA V
Otello, Jago sul fondo

OTELLO
accasciato, su d'un sedile
Desdemona rea!

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.

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