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    In Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, many compositional aspects change greatly between the first duet between Otello and Desdemona in act one and their second duet in act three. One of the most significant of these changed elements is the emotional position of Otello. Between the two duets, due to the skillfully crafted deceptions of Iago, Otello’s profound love and respect for Desdemona, his partner, is compromised and he moves to a place of interwoven devastation and rage (Kelly 351). This emotional modification is the fundamental source of the many differences between the duets from acts one and three. The impacts of this emotional transition are clearly visible in the words and actions of Otello as he expresses his internal struggles with Desdemona’s…

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    1. Would you agree that Beckett’s Waiting for Godot perfectly encapsulates all the uncertainties of modernity? Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot belongs to the Theatre of the Absurd. The absence of a meaningful plot, of objective dialogues and of absolute certainty is the state of absurdity. Beckett utilizes absurdity to play around with the concept of existential nullity which saw man trapped in a hostile world. Human life is meaningless and this created a sense of alienation, despair and…

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    Arrigo Boito once told Giuseppe Verdi that “an opera is not a play” and that “eight bars are enough to restore a sentiment to life; a rhythm can re-establish a character; music is the most omnipotent of all arts.” It can be argued that Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello may be a greater work of art than Shakespeare’s play Othello. Otello is so much more than just a translation from Shakespeare’s play. Verdi took Shakespeare’s 3,500 line play and turned it into a masterpiece of operatic literature with…

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    anxiously wait the new governor, Otello from a battle with the Turks. Otello arrives and tell them that the Turkish fleet has been destroyed. People cheer for the victory besides Venetian Roderigo. Roderigo has fallen in love with Otello’s new life, Desdemona when Otello goes to fight with the Turks. Otello’s ensign Iago promises to help Roderigo to take her. While people celebrating for Otello, Iago starts his plan to ruin Otello. He makes Cassio to drink when Iago salutes Desdemona., and…

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    his music. Verdi then composed two new, four-part operas in 1842 and 1843, 'Nabucco' and 'I Lombardi alla Prima CrociataIt'. Both of these pieces earned Verdi a great amount of success. The years between 1855 and 1867 Verdi composed over a dozen great Operas. Some important works during this time are 'Rigoletto' (1851), 'Il trovatore' (1853), 'La traviata' (1853), 'Un ballo in maschera' (1859), 'Macbeth' (1865), 'Don Carlos' (1867) and 'Aida'. Verdi continued to gain success and fame. In 1874,…

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    There have been many successful and unsuccessful attempts at adapting Shakespeare’s works into opera. Though modern composers such as Benjamin Britten and Thomas Adès have set Shakespeare’s original words to music, with few changes if any, the most famous operatic adaptations over time have proved to be Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello and Macbeth. In these works, Verdi manages to keep the intent of Shakespeare and the overall plot of the play, yet molds the details of the story to be more suitable for…

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    In this period, the operas are significantly longer, and with large cast than previous works. They also reflect a shift towards the French genre of grand opera. Verdi devoted himself to providing works for the Opéra at Paris and other theatres conforming to the Parisian operatic standard, which demanded spectacular dramas on subjects of high seriousness in five acts with a ballet. FINAL WORKS Verdi's two last major operas Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893) continued to show new developments in…

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    Gioachino Rossini Analysis

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    popularize—the style of Italian opera known as bel canto: quite literally, “beautiful singing.” The importance of the voice in bel canto takes precedence over the story, the orchestra, and the visual impact. The qualities include the use of light tones in the higher registers (tenor, soprano, mezzo soprano) and an agile and flexible delivery. While Rossini delivers on that score with ease, his contribution is more than that: he and his librettists also reworked operatic scene structure,…

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    original audiences: as the novelist Ben Okri has observed, if it ‘is not a play about race, then its history has made it one’.…When Janet Suzman produced the play in the Market Theatre of Johannesburg during apartheid, she and John Kani, who played Othello, were ‘at last, fired up after ten frustrating years of keeping a constant vigil for the play that might speak not just to both of us as actors but to our anguished country’; when the African-American actor Paul Robeson took on the role, he…

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