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“Credo” November 22, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Giuseppe Verdi, Italian, Opera, Tito Gobbi.

At the end of his composing career, Giuseppe Verdi returned to his favorite dramatist for his last two operas. Arrigo Boito was very faithful to Shakespeare in his libretto for Otello, but at Verdi’s insistence included an aria in which Iago sings of “Credo in un Dio crudel” — his belief in a cruel God.

I don’t think you need to know a word of Italian to understand the passionate malevolence of Tito Gobbi’s performance.

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