Opera

Verdi's Otello

Willy Decker (stage director), Antoni Ros-Marbà (conductor) – With Giorgio Giuseppini (Lodovico), José Cura (Otello), Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio) – Gran Teatre del Liceu

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Cast

Willy Decker — Stage director

François de Carpentries — Stage director

John MacFarlane — Set designer, costume designer

David Finn — Lighting

Athol Farmer — Choreographer

José Luis Basso — Chorus master

Antoni Ros-Marbà — Music director

Orquestra Simfónica y cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu

José Cura — Otello

Lado Ataneli — Jago

Vittorio Grigolo — Cassio

Vicenç Esteve Madrid — Roderigo

Giorgio Giuseppini — Lodovico

Francisco Santiago — Montano

Roberto Accurso — Un Heraldo

Krassimira Stoyanova — Desdemona

Program notes

Seventy years after the triumph of the Rossini’s Otello ossia il Mauro di Venezia, Verdi premiered his own adaptation of the Shakespeare play at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

The Milanese public adored the new opera upon its 1887 premiere, leaving Rossini’s Otello to fall into relative obscurity in favor of Verdi's. While Rossini's work diverged fairly significantly from the Shakespeare source text, Verdi brought his nearer to the Bard, incorporating the infamous handkerchief and the layered psychological portrait of Iago. This staging from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona is full of fire and passion, stunning set design, and performances worthy of a Willy Decker production...

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