Verdi: Otello (In English) - Cassilly, Stratas, Glossop, Garrard; Mackerras. London, 1969


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  • This performance of Otello in English assembles a trio of stellar singers who are able to convey every word of the text with crystal-clarity without sacrificing the Italianate nature of Verdi's masterpiece.
  • Richard Cassilly brings remarkable range to the title part, alternating between honeyed tones and unhinged outbursts with ease.
  • Teresa Stratas might have sounded odd singing in English to a British audience with her unmistakable Canadian accent, but I can't imagine anyone faulting her given the vocal control and interpretive commitment she brings to the role of Desdemona.
  • Peter Glossop comes off as a Shakespearean actor who coincidentally possessed an incredible baritone voice.


  • Occasionally throughout the performance there are very brief (less than a half a second) dropouts.

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OD 11982-2

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