Opera Australia presents Otello
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 Desdemonda’s impossibly beautiful Willow Song, every moment compounds the tension and coming tragedy, driven by exceptionally emotional music.
Verdi’s score demands three outstanding voices, Shakespeare’s story demands they take take 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.
2hrs 40min (inc interval)
Recommended 12+ years. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.