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Otello

05 July 2014 – 02 August 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Opera Australia

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Three outstanding singers go head-to-head in a bold production of Verdi's Otello , based on the Shakespeare play. Direct from triumphs at New York's Metropolitan Opera and La Scala Milan, New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill is Otello.

Description

The choices are clear on the battlefield. Back home, however, when the cannons fall silent and the skies are clear, a soldier is  no match for a master politician. Otello is the hero and Desdemona is the lover, but Iago is the puppet master in this vivid re-telling of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

The choices are clear on the battlefield. Back home, however, when the cannons fall silent and the skies are clear, a soldier is  no match for a master politician. Otello is the hero and Desdemona is the lover, but Iago is the puppet master in this vivid re-telling of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

The plays of Shakespeare have inspired many an opera, but 
the problem always remains: how do you improve upon a masterpiece?

In the case of
Otello , Verdi and his librettist, Arrigo Boito, made a radical revision of the original play, cutting two acts, changing the location and adding operatic flourishes, including a chilling 'Credo' for Iago. You could argue that it is not Shakespeare, but it certainly is a masterpiece.WhatVerdi cuts from Shakespeare's  verse, he more than replaces in music: rather than describing Iago in words, his melodies expose his powers of persuasion; no-one could doubt the sincerity of Desdemona when they hear her exquisite 'Willow Song'; and Verdi has a key advantage over Shakespeare in that he can have multiple characters speaking  at once.  

This is why we come to opera. So that we can hear Desdemona asking forgiveness, Otello lost in thought, Iago meddling and Emilia lamenting the quarrel simultaneously, their hopes and fears all woven together in one 
thrilling ensemble. So that we can experience through music the emotions that words alone cannot describe.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
 


 


 

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Artist Information

Conductor: Christian Badea
Director: Harry Kupfer
Revival Director: Roger Press
Set Designer: Hans Schavernoch
Costume Designer: Yan Tax
Lighting Designer: Toby Swell

Otello: Simon O'Neill
Desdemona: Lianna Haroutounian (until 19 July) / Natalia Aroyan
Iago: Claudio Sgura
Cassio: James Egglestone
Emilia: Jacqueline Dark
Roderigo: David Corcoran
Montana: Richard Anderson
Lodovico: Pelham Andrews
Herald: Tom Hamilton


Pricing Information

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Concession* $44 - $284
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Concession price not available on Saturday evenings.

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Performance Dates

Running Time:


Act 1    64 minutes
Interval 20 minutes
Act 2    71 minutes  

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