This CD is a historical recording of a legendary performance on 8th March 1958 at the Met in New York, with Mario del Monaco as Otello and Victoria de los Angeles as Desdemona. Del Monaco made many appearances as Otello, especially during the 1950s, and he was at the height of his powers at this point in time.
Some critics of the time rebuked del Monaco’s tenor as unsubtle, possibly because of the extraordinary power of his voice and the fact that he tackled his roles with complete dedication and sincerity. Whatever one’s opinion of del Monaco in general, he is terrific as Otello in this recording. His voice is not merely powerful, it emerges as an expressive instrument of rare dramatic intensity.
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