Shakespeare’s great tragedy of deception, love and jealousy sees the Moorish army general Otello and his new wife Desdemona destroyed by the manipulative Captain Iago.
Set on the Cypriot coast, Otello’s tale of betrayed friendship is vividly brought to life through Verdi’s exquisite score which contains some of the composer’s most powerful and tender music.
This dramatic new production celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and will be directed by David Alden, returning to the London Coliseum following his recent triumphant production of Peter Grimes. He is reunited with Grimes collaborators ENO Music Director Edward Gardner and tenor Stuart Skelton, who sings Otello for the first time.
Otello is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 2hrs 55mins
Signed performance on Wednesday 8 October.
Listen to the pre-performance talk with Edward Gardner and Maxine Braham.
Find out more about Otello with the new Overture Opera Guide, which includes a full Italian libretto and facing English translation – plus articles on the background to the opera, its music and its performance history, as well as a musical thematic guide, bibliography, list of DVDs and websites. Available now from Alma Classics.
Co-production with The Royal Swedish Opera and Teatro Real, Madrid
New Production supported by George and Patti White.
Otello cast and creative team
Conductor Edward Gardner
Director David Alden
Designer Jon Morrell
Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Movement Director Maxine Braham
Libretto Arrigo Boito after William Shakespeare
Translator Tom Phillips
Otello Stuart Skelton
Desdemona Leah Crocetto
Iago Jonathan Summers
Cassio Allan Clayton
Roderigo Peter Van Hulle
Lodovico Barnaby Rea
Montano Charles Johnston
Emilia Pamela Helen Stephen