Rossini: Otello - Lazzari, Zeani, Bottazzo, Mori, Ventriglia; Franci. Pesaro, 1965
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So there is no confusion this is Rossini's Otello. Another composer you may have heard of wrote a version that enjoyed some success, but if to this point you have not been exposed to Rossini's you are in for a treat. Do not think for one moment that this is a poor man's version of the work. Rossini paints a much more classical portrait of the tortured moor. The declamatory outbursts are traded for a more introspective approach. That is not to say that there is any lack of drama. Iago is sung by a tenor which makes their confrontations all the more exciting as it adds a level of competition not in Verdi's. Virginia Zeani shows that she can bring her spinto voice into Rossini-land without sacrificing any of her opulent sound. It is rare to hear a voice this big sing this kind of music. Otello is sung by Agostino Lazzarini. His voice has an excellent balance between heroic and graceful. The sound is very good.