The problems arose and were dispatched one by one in secrecy. As rehearsals started interest in the opera became a frenzy. The composer and his partner reduced the action to essentials. Four acts in which we moved "in reverse order " from triumph and apotheosis in act one with Otello's cry of "Exsultate" to the closing at love music, "Gia nella notte densa:"
Gia nella notte densa s'estingue ogni clamor.
Now in the dark night all noise is stilled...
My pounding heart is lulled in this embrace and calmed.