Maria Malibran - both Desdemona and Otello
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Shakespeare's Othello in music
3. Maria Malibran - both Desdemona and Otello
The legendary mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran sang Desdemona in Verdi's Otello. 'Ah! That wonderful creature!' Verdi said of her, '...she outshone all other women I have known.' She was so talented, it appears, that she could sing the roles of both Desdemona and of Otello.