It's true about Melchior; his recordings (in Italian, but even more so the ones in German) show him to have been one of the great Otellos, but he was too valuable to the Met in other capacities.

Welcome, Kevin (I'm late coming to the party here), and congratulations on your roles. I teach music (theory and lit) at U of Delaware, and sometimes write recording reviews for Opera News.

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