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Otello by Verdi @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

November 23, 2018 - July 15, 2019

photo felix loechner - Otello by Verdi @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich - New Production

Like an outcry the elemental force of the orchestra shatters the silence, the storm on the coast of Cyprus rages incessantly. The wind whips, lightning cuts through the roaring skies. Giuseppe Verdi anticipated the sedition in the hearts of his characters in the revolting nature. His penultimate opera, with which he once again produced musical drama after a long creative break, takes the listener by the throat and holds them so until the inevitable end. As Othello, the great general and commander becomes entangled in Iago’s web of machinations; as the calamitous seed of jealousy germinates and Othello’s love for his wife Desdemona begins to decay, even on their wedding day; as Desdemona, “nevertheless insists, although she senses or feels that this harm comes her way and that Othello in his jealousy is really capable of killing her” (Amélie Niermeyer) – with his Otello Verdi created an operatic drama, the likes of which had never before been so tight, so direct, so intensive and so beautiful, and still today unmatched.

Photo © Felix Löchner

Conductor Kirill PetrenkoAsher Fish (06.12.2018)
Production Amélie Niermeyer
Stage Christian Schmidt
Costumes Annelies Vanlaere
Light Olaf Winter
Choreographic Collaboration Thomas Wilhelm
Choir Sören Eckhoff
Dramaturgy Malte Krasting

• Otello Jonas Kaufmann
• Jago Gerald Finley 
• Cassio Evan Leroy Johnson
• Rodrigo Galeano Salas
• Lodovico Bálint Szabó
• Montano Milan Siljanov
• Ein Herold Markus Suihkonen
• Desdemona Anja Harteros
• Emilia Rachael Wilson



November 23
July 15, 2019
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