Decca Classics have released a DVD of the Met Opera Live recording of Verdi’s Otello, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, on DVD. Johan Botha sings Otello, opposite Renée Fleming’s Desdemona.
Andreas Laska at ResMusica.com writes “Semyon Bychkov in the pit offers us an exciting read from beginning to end, rich in nuances and scrupulous in this accompaniment of the singers. The triumph is well deserved.“
And from the original production review, Mike Silverman in the Associated Press writes “Conductor Semyon Bychkov led a vibrant reading of the score, building tension expertly in the third-act ensemble and creating a mood of tremendous pathos in the final scene. The orchestra sounded terrific.”