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Otello, Verdi: MONTANO

Otello

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito, after Shakespeare
Venue and Dates: Hamburg Staatsoper
14 January 1988
Conductor: Garcia Navarro
Director:
Performers:

Otello : Placido Domingo
Jago : Piero Cappuccilli
Cassio : Kaludi Kaludov
Desdemona : Katja Ricciarelli
Lodovico : Janusz Niziolek
Montano : Simon Keenlyside
Emilia : Hildegard  Hartwig
Rodrigo: Peter Haage
Harold: Carl Schultz

Notes: During SK’s 18 months in Hamburg (1987-89) he sang 37 performances of many different roles, including Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Deputierter (Don Carlos), Fiorello (Barbiere), Montano (Otello), Moralès (Carmen), Nightwatchman (Meistersinger), Steuermann (Tristan und Isolde), Wagner (Faust).

If you know any more about this production or any of the others, please contact us on webmaster@simonkeenlyside.info

An interview in Opera, 1997, recounts that in 1988 SK “was giving a Lieder recital, which as an extra was advertised in red on the standard poster promising Domingo in Otello in which Keenlyside sang the “Soldier Fred” role of Montano”. This was the catalyst for him to be poached by Scottish Opera.

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