The Milan Otello traditionally opens the Scala season and did so in 2001 on 7 December, but at the same time it was the farewell production before the start of the three-year renovation of the house and not least a brilliant end to the Verdi Year. The audience as well as the press cheered Barbara Frittoli as a youthfully charming Desdemona, Leo Nucci as cleverly self-controlled Iago and Placido Domingo as a thrilling Otello, both from the dramatic and the singing point of view. Domingo had been the leading Moro di Venezi for a quarter of a century, and in Milan he said farewell to this role "in triumph", according to The Herald Tribune.
I thought it was excellent. I own another one with Domingo,but I enjoyed this one better. I'm a big Fleming fan and enjoyed her performance better than the other one I own. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by maiden pa.
There is little to add except assent to all the raves about Domingo's Moor. This DVD was taken in 1995 when Domingo's Moor reached the fullest depths of interpretation imaginable,... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Matthew J. Williams
Renée Fleming does NOT have a huge voice. She is a full lyric soprano with limited volume. She is very audible when she sings at the Met, but her voice is simply not... Read morePublished on June 17 2004
Otello is Domingo's signature role and although he is not at his prime here there is absolutely no sign of vocal fatigue while he sings with tremendous passion and musical... Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by T
This DVD is a new release of a video Otello starring Placido Domingo in the title role. On DVD, there are already at least 3 of his Otellos, but this one surpasses them all. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Mark
I've seen Domingo perform Otello live about 24 times including being in the audience the night this was filmed as well as opening night. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by operamaryc
The MET is releasing some worthy productions from their archives. This is a fantastic production of Verdi's Otello with top class singers. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Robert Petersen
Placido Domingo surpasses himself with the magnificence of his singing. In addition, Renee Fleming proves that the best singers of today can hold up to the best singers of... Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Anthony Harrison