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Opera Australia Otello

Otello

Verdi takes the best bits of one of Shakespeare’s most famous works to create a taut, vivid romantic tragedy.

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | Opera Australia | Opera

Good or evil. Life or death.

A flawed hero. An innocent woman. A masterful villain.

Verdi takes the best bits of one of Shakespeare’s most famous works to create a taut, vivid romantic tragedy.

From the almighty storm to Desdemona’s impossibly beautiful Willow Song, the emotional music compounds the tension and coming tragedy.

Verdi’s score demands three outstanding voices, while Shakespeare’s story takes you on a dramatic journey. Yonghoon Lee is a remarkable singer-actor, debuting in the role of Otello, against the incomparable Karah Son making her long-awaited debut as Desdemona. Marco Vratogna is world-renowned for his chilling Iago. Young conducting sensation Andrea Battistoni conducts.

Harry Kupfer’s timeless production explores all the action on a precarious, monumental staircase that dominates the stage. Yan Tax’s costumes would be at home on the most elegant runway.

Presented by Opera Australia

Artist Information

Conductor Andrea Battistoni
Director Harry Kupfer
Revival Director Luke Joslin
Set Designer Hans Schavernoch
Costume Designer Yan Tax
Lighting Designer Toby Sewell

Otello Yonghoon Lee
Desdemona Karah Son 
Iago Marco Vratogna 
Cassio Virgilio Marino
Emilia Sian Sharp
Lodovico Richard Anderson
Roderigo Hubert Francis
Montano Andrew Moran
Herald Andrew Williams

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

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Opera Australia Pre-theatre Overture Dining

Enjoy a delectable three-course set menu paired with a glass of sparkling on arrival, before heading into the performance in the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

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