Rossini's Otello

Moishe Leiser and Patrice Caurier (stage director), Muhai Tang (conductor) — With John Osborn (Otello), Cecilia Bartoli (Desdemona), Javier Camarena (Rodrigo), Peter Kalman (Elmiro)

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Moshe Leiser — Stage director
Patrice Caurier — Stage director
Christian Fenouillat — Set designer
Agostino Cavalca — Costume designer
Christophe Forey — Lighting designer
Hans-Rudolf Kunz — Lighting designer
Konrad Kuhn — Dramaturgy
John Osborn — Otello
Cecilia Bartoli — Desdemona
Javier Camarena — Rodrigo
Peter Kálmán — Elmiro
Liliana Nikiteanu — Emilia
Edgardo Rocha — Iago
Nicola Pamio — Dogo di Venezia
Ilker Arcayürek — Gondoliero
Zurich Opera Supplementary Chorus

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At the Zürich Opera House, a new production of Rossini’s Otello puts Cecilia Bartoli’s Desdemona and John Osborn’s titular turn in the spotlight! The Otello that Gioachino Rossini presented at Naples’s Teatro del Fondo in 1816 is (very) liberally adapted from the celebrated Shakespearean tragedy. The libretto by Franceso Berio actually draws more inspiration from another play that premiered in Naples in 1813: Baron Carlo Cosenza’s Otello. In this drama, the figure of Iago takes a backseat to the enmity between the Moor, already married in secret, and Rodrigo, whose love for Desdemona remains unrequited. The motif of the handkerchief is replaced by a love letter whose intended recipient, Othello, believes it destined for another.

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Directed by:
Olivier Simonnet
Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
Production date: 2012
Duration: 2 h 36 min
Production: An Idéale Audience film production, with the participation of Clasart Classic, MUSEEC/medici.tv and France Télévisions
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR
Resolution: Full HD

Available until

Sunday, June 30, 2024