VERDI Otello / Domingo, Studer, Leiferkus, Chung 4398052
Sergei Leiferkus, so bluff in the drinking song (with a precise, in-tune, downward chromatic scale), is vicious when he doffs the mask for his Credo. Cheryl Studer sings the Willow Song with pure tone, following it with an Ave Maria of great delicacy. Myung-Whun Chung favours fast speeds, but there's still plenty of weight to "Si, pel ciel" at the end of Act 2. Above all, there's Domingo again: urgent and ecstatic in the love duet, urgent and desperate with Iago -- his thrilling "crescendo" at "Othello's occupation's gone" matched by the conductor -- and noble at the end.
[Domingo gehört] zweifelsfrei zu den eindringlichsten Darstellern der Rolle [des Otello] . . .