CSO Resound Releases Verdi’s Otello
CSO Resound, the independent record label of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces its 14th release: Verdi’s Otello, featuring Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), recorded live during critically acclaimed and sold-out performances at Symphony Center in Chicago in April 2011.
The Chicago Tribune called Maestro Muti “the greatest Verdi conductor of our time” in its review of these performances, and this release captures the magic of those concerts. The cast features tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role of Otello, soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, baritone Carlo Guelfi as Iago, mezzo-soprano Barbara Di Castri as Emilia, tenor Juan Francisco Gatell as Cassio, tenor Michael Spyres as Roderigo, basses Paolo Battaglia and Eric Owens as Montano and Lodovico, respectively, and bass David Govertsen as a Herald. The Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, chorus director), and the Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, artistic director), join the CSO.
Otello marks the Orchestra and Chorus’s second on the label with Music Director Riccardo Muti conducting. Their first recording together, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, was released in September 2010 and went on to receive two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance.
Opera in four acts
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, by Arrigo Boito
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Aleksandrs Antonenko, tenor (Othello, a Moor, general of the Venetian forces)
Carlo Guelfi, baritone (Iago, his ensign)
Juan Francisco Gatell, tenor (Cassio, a captain)
Michael Spyres, tenor (Roderigo, a Venetian gentleman)
Eric Owens, bass-baritone (Lodovico, ambassador of the Venetian Republic)
Paolo Battaglia, bass (Montano, Othello’s predecessor as governor of Cyprus)
David Govertsen, bass (A Herald)
Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano (Desdemona, wife of Othello)
Barbara Di Castri, mezzo-soprano (Emilia, wife of Iago)
Soldiers and sailors of the Venetian Republic; Venetian ladies and gentlemen; Cypriot men, women, and children; men of the Greek, Dalmatian, and Albanian armies; an innkeeper and his four servers; seamen.
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, chorus director
Chicago Children’s Choir
Josephine Lee, artistic director