An interesting side note on de Reszke - his most highly anticipated role, that of Otello in 1891 was somewhat of a disappointment to critics because he lacked the edgy clarion sound of Tamagno, the creator of the role and Verdi's choice for it. A number of discs recorded by Tamagno at his villa in 1903 show the power of his voice and will be available on CD in the Heritage Series in the near future, including a very rare unpublished duet "Si Pel Ciel" from Otello, a private recording made with his brother.
Vinay's overall tenor repertoire was comparatively ample. It also embraced heavy Wagnerian roles (he sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1952-57), as well as Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Don José in Bizet's Carmen and Samson in Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila. Apart from Iago, the baritone parts which he performed included Telramund, Bartolo, Falstaff and Scarpia. The Opera Shoppe features recordings of both his Otello and Iago as well as his Telramund and Scarpia in our catalog.