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Otello - English National Opera Guide 7

Giuseppe Verdi Price: $22.95

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

Winton Dean relates how Otello came into being as much because of the persistence of Verdiís publisher as of the composerís lifelong passion for Shakespeare, and the collaboration of the brilliant poet Arrigo Boito

Benedict Sarnaker argues that this magnificent large scale opera rivals Shakespeare in intensity and profundity

William Weaverís lively review of Shakespeare on the Italian stage in the last century enables us to make a wholly fresh appraisal of Verdiís stature as a dramatist

The libretto itself is a masterpiece, and Andrew Porter has also translated the third-act revision which Verdi came to prefer and which has not been performed outside France before the 1981 ENO production


'Brilliantly produced and superb value' ~ Sunday Times

'All these will provide the new opera-goer with food for thought' ~ Daily Telegraph

'Wholehearted recommendation of this valuable new series' ~ TLS ________

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