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From the Salzburg Festival: "Otello" by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Riccardo Muti, directed by Stephen Langridge. With Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Marina Poplavskaya (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Jago), Barbara Di Castri (Emilia), Stephen Costello (Cassio). Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. With its "enlightened realism" (Die Welt), Stephen Langridge's production remains within the boundaries of the "classical" canon of Verdi interpretation. Using filmic means as well as sand, rain and fire, Langridge finds many images that underscore the fragility and volatility of Otello's position as a social outcast and of his love for Desdemona. Unforgettable is the moment when we see the wronged woman no longer in her ornate Renaissance gown, but in a simple white nightgown, virginal, angelic, a lamb waiting for the slaughter...

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