Tenor Plácido Domingo sings "Niun mi tema" from the last act of Verdi's Otello from a September 27, 2005 recording at the opera house in D.C. This was recorded with a little digital voice recorder meant for taking dictation, so the quality is unfortunately not very good. The performance itself was very moving, though better seen than just heard. I do think this, poor quality and all, in some ways gives a different perspective on what Domingo sounds like in the auditorium during a live performance (rather than in close miked and potentially compressed radio broadcasts or studio recordings).
Domingo was a sprite 64 years old at the time. Heinz Fricke conducted. This is from a different performance than the one that was broadcast over the radio.
Photo: Placido Domingo as Otello and Barbara Frittoli as Desdemona at the end of Verdi's Otello, D.C. 2005
Watch videos with other singers performing Niun mi tema:
OTELLO Tant'osi?… Niun mi tema s'anco armato mi vede. Ecco la fine del mio camin…Oh! Gloria! Otello fu. Lascia cadere la spada. Va presso al letto, contemplando Desdemona E tu…come sei pallida! e stanca, e muta, e bella, pia creatura nata sotto maligna stella. Fredda come la casta tua vita… e in cielo assorta. Desdemona! Desdemona!…Ah…morta! morta! morta!… estraendo furtivamente dalle vesti un pugnale Ho un'arma ancor! si ferisce
CASSIO Ah! ferma!
LODOVICO, MONTANO Sciagurato!
OTELLO Pria d'ucciderti…sposa…ti baciai. Or morendo…nell'ombra… in cui mi giacio… Un bacio…un bacio ancora…ah!…un altro bacio… muore
English Libretto or Translation:
OTHELLO Would you dare? Let no one fear me though he see me armed.
Here is my journey’s end ... Oh! Glory! Othello’s day is done. (Letting his sword fall to the ground, he goes to the bed and gazes at Desdemona.) And thou... how pale thou art! And weary, and mute, and beautiful, pious creature, born ‘neath an evil star. Cold, even like thy chastity, and gathered into heaven. Desdemona! Desdemona! Ah!... Dead! Dead! Dead! (furtively producing a dagger from his robe) I have another weapon! (stabs himself)
CASSIO Ah, stop!
LODOVICO, MONTANO O bloody period!
OTHELLO Before I killed thee, wife, I kissed thee thus. Now dying... in the shadow where I lie... a kiss... another kiss... ah!... another kiss... (dies)