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' Otello '

National Programme London

Act I.-Outside the Castle
Cast in order of appearance :
Chorus Master, ARNOLD PERRY
Relayed from The Royal Opera House, Covent
The text of Verdi's Otello is taken from
Shakespeare. It was made by Boito, Italian poet and composer, and is a model of its kind. When the opera begins, Desdemona is in the Castle of Cyprus looking out over the sea to watch for Othello's coming. It is a stormy evening. Below, on the quay, among other watchers, are lago and Roderigo. Othello's ship makes its way into the harbour, and he lands, with Cassio, Montano and his soldiers. From talk between them we learn that lago is jealous of Cassio's promotion over his head, and that Roderigo is in love with Desdemona. Cassio joins them; lago deliberately makes him drink too much, and forces a quarrel on him. Montano tries to act peacemaker and is wounded in the ensuing scuffle. The noise brings Othello and Dedemona from the Castle, and quiet is quickly restored, but not before Cassio is summarily dismissed from Othello's service; that is lago's first triumph. The end of the act is a love duet between Desdemona and Othello ;


Chorus Master:
Arnold Perry
Antonino Votto
Aristide Baracchi
Luigi Cilla
Iago ,:
Giacoma Rimini
Ben Williams
Lauritz Melchior
Rosetta Pampaninl

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