Verdi: Otello, Solti (2-CD)

Verdi: Otello, Solti (2-CD)


Discs: 2
Record Label: London
Release Year: 1991

“There were unforgettable effects that could never happen in the opera house. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a gleaming band. Margaret Hillis’ Chicago Symphony Chorus is the most magnificent chorus ever heard in a Verdi opera. The opening storm was astonishing in its surges of orchestral power, with the chorus always cutting through, every word clearly enunciated.” — Los Angeles Times

Recorded during Sir Georg Solti’s final performances as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Otello marks Solti’s one hundredth recording with the orchestra — a milestone achieved by none other in the orchestra’s history. A star-studded cast was immortalized on this historic recording, including Luciano Pavarotti in the title role.


Verdi Otello
Luciano Pavarotti Otello
Kiri Te Kanawa Desdemona
Leo Nucci Iago
Elzbieta Ardam Emilia
Anthony Rolfe Johnson Cassio
John Keyes Roderigo
Dimitri Kavrakos Lodovico
Alan Opie Montano
Richard Cohn A Herald
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
Terry Edwards guest chorus master
Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus
Elena Dorio director
April 1991, Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Carnegie Hall, New York City

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