Otello

 

Verdi Otello opera to libretto by Arrigo Boito. Directed 2015 by Paco Azorin at the Arena Sferisterio di Macerata, Italy. Stars Stuart Neill (Otello), Jessica Nuccio (Desdemona), Roberto Frontali (Jago), Tamta Tarieli (Emilia), Manuel Pierattelli (Roderigo), Seung Pil Choi (Lodovico), Giacomo Medici (Montano), and Franco Di Girolamo (A Herald). Riccardo Frizza conducts (1) the Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche, (2) the Coro Lirico Marchigiano "Vincenzo Bellini" (Chorus Master Carlo Morganti), (3) the Zpueri Cantores "D. Zamberletti" (Chorus Master Gian Luca Paolucci), and (4) the Complesso di Palcoscenico Banda "Salvadei." Sets by Paco Azorin; costumes by Ana Garay; lighting by Albert Faura; movement and fight scenes by Carlos Martos; videos by Pedro Chamizo. Directed for TV by Tiziano Mancini. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Hugo Shirley, writing in the July 2017 Gramophone (page 88), picks minor faults with the principal singers, but also admires the production for "admirable straightforwardness." I usually don't expect much from outdoor opera productions. But here's a nice clip that suggests Sferisterio and Dynamic may have another winner here: