Simon O'Neill sings Otello on LSO recording — 07.12.10

A new recording on the London Symphony Orchestra label - sees Laureate Simon O'Neill singing Otello (Verdi's 'Otello').

Image: by  David Hamilton

Available for purchase - LSO 

Verdi had retired from opera following the premiere of Aida in 1871 but was eventually persuaded by his publisher to work with th librettist Arrigo Boito. As with Falstaff, Verdi’s final opera on which they would subsequently collaborate, they turned to Shakespeare for inspiration. Otello, which was premiered in 1887, marked a significant evolutionary development in Italian opera and is widely regarded as one of the great operatic masterpieces.

CD Reviews
‘the whole thing just feels so alive and in the best sense … the dramatic shape he [Davis] makes is so constant and clear and engaging, it just feels like everyone involved is participating wholly in the excitement of this piece of music theatre ... It has that feeling of the excitement of discovery for him [O’Neill] and throwing himself at the part but with complete control and musicianship, and you couldn’t have a better pairing than him with Gerald Finley who is a tremendous singing actor and whose Iago is scary. They’re both absolutely terrific … The whole thing is tremendous. What you want in a production like this is the sense of it being live with the music theatre being generated on all sides and feeding back in and there’s such a presence about it. A wonderful recording and a wonderful testament of and to this opera and performance. It must have been wonderful to be at the Barbican and thank God you can get it on CD. And it does sound fantastic – the dynamic range they’ve captured is tremendous’
BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Verdi Otello

Sir Colin Davis conductor

Simon O'Neill Otello

Gerald Finley Jago

Allan Clayton Cassio

Ben Johnson Roderigo

Alexander Tsymbalyuk Lodovicio

Matthew Rose Montano

Lukas Jakobski A Herald

Anne Schwanewilms Desdemona

Eufemia Tufano Emilia

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Recorded live at the Barbican Centre on 3 and 6 December 2009
A high density DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording