Headline news is the return to Covent Garden of international star
Jonas Kaufmann, making his debut in the
title role, as the jealous husband tricked into believing that his wife is having an affair with one of his officers. Some performances are sung by the American tenor Gregory Kunde.
wronged, innocent wife Desdemona is sung by Italian soprano Maria
Agresta, who recently sang Violetta in La Traviata. German soprano
Dorothea Röschmann (Donna Elvira in a recent Don
Giovanni) will also sing Desdemona. Iago, Otello’s treacherous right-hand man, is French baritone Ludovic Tézier.
Music director Sir Antonio Pappano links up once again with British director Keith Warner to create this new production, the first new Otello at Covent Garden since Elijah Moshinsky’s in 1987, when Placido Domingo sang the title role with which he is very much associated. Sets are by Boris Kudlička and costumes, Kaspar Glarner.
Verdi, Shakespeare and Kaufmann should make a formidable trio.
Otello is sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Booking opens at 9am on 28 March: click here for more details. The performance on 24 June is broadcast live in cinemas all over London: click here for more details of the relay.
|What||Otello, Royal Opera House|
Royal Opera House
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
21 Jun 17 – 15 Jul 17, nine performances; 7pm start on 24 June
|Price||£13 - £270|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|