Desdemona rea. Otello & Jago duet. Verdi (исполнитель: Mario del Monaco, Tito Gobbi)
OTHELLO (sinking exhausted upon a stool) Desdemona false!... IAGO (at the back, looking surreptitiously at the handkerchief, then replacing it carefully in his doublet) With these threads shall I weave the proof of the sin of love. It shall be hidden in Cassio’s lodging. OTHELLO ... Monstrous thought! IAGO (looking fixedly at Othello) My poison does its work. OTHELLO ... False toward me! Toward me!!! IAGO Suffer and roar! OTHELLO Monstrous! Monstrous! IAGO (having approached Othello, good-naturedly) Think no more of it. OTHELLO (taken by surprise) You! Hence! Avaunt! You have lashed me to the cross! Alas!... More monstrous than the most monstrous abuse of abuse itself is suspicion. Of her stolen hours of lust (and stolen from me!) had I no presentiment in my breast? I was contented, merry... Nothing knew I as yet; I found not on her sweet body which I so love or on her lying lips Cassio’s ardent kisses! And now!... And now... Now, and forever farewell, sacred memories, farewell, sublime enchantments of the mind! Farewell, shining battalions and victories, the flying arrow and the flying steed! Farewell to the standard triumphant and holy and the shrill fife that sounded to reveille! Pride, pomp and circumstance of war, farewell! Farewell, Othello’s glory’s at an end! IAGO Be calm, my lord. OTHELLO Villain! Be sure to find a proof secure that Desdemona’s unchaste... Stay! Do not flee! It would avail you nought! Bring me the sure, the ocular proof! Or on your head accumulate and fall the bolts of my terrible wakened wrath! (He seizes Iago by the throat and hurls him to the floor.) IAGO 0 heavenly grace defend me! (rising) May heaven protect you! 1 am no longer your ensign. The world may be my witness that honesty is dangerous. (He turns as if to leave.) OTHELLO No... stay. You may be honest. IAGO (by the door, making a pretence of leaving) ’Twere better had I been a charlatan. OTHELLO By the world! I believe Desdemona to be loyal and believe her not to be so; I think that you are honest and think you disloyal... I’ll have some proof! I must have certainty! IAGO (moving towards Othello) My lord, curb your anxieties. What proof would satisfy you? To see them clasped together? OTHELLO Oh! Death and damnation! IAGO That would be a difficult undertaking; but of what assurance are you dreaming if the filthy deed itself forever must escape you? But yet if reason be the guide to [bad word] I may propose a circumstance so strong that it will lead you near to certainty. Listen.