-- Engaging Commentary and Analysis about the composer, the opera and its characters.-- Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples-- A complete Libretto (newly translated) that incorporates Music Highlight Examples-- A Discography-- A Videography-- A Dictionary of Opera and Musical TermsEach Opera Classics Library edition is a comprehensive guide and complete analysis and evaluation of a specific opera; each is a unique "encyclopedia" that integrates important and pertinent information about each timeless classic. The objective of Opera Classics Library is to unlock opera's mysteries for the general audience, and enlighten and educate. Understanding and knowledge are the master keys to enhance enjoyment and appreciation of this great art form. After the tremendously successful premier of Otello, Verdi responded to his librettist Arrigo Boito's enthusiastic congratulations: "Congratulations to HIM -- to Shakespeare, the immortal bard." Verdi's Otello represents the ultimate flowering of the composer's musico-dramatic genius, a milestone in Italian opera whose portrait of a tragic human conflict becomes intensified by the emotive power of its music.