Otello

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Otello
Giuseppe Verdi
New Production

Verdi meets Shakespeare in a powerful musical drama in which the Moor Otello murders his Venetian wife Desdemona in a fit of uncontrolled jealousy created by the evil Iago.

Synopsis

Libretto: Arrigo Boito after the play by William Shakespeare

Conductor Omer M. Welber 12.4, 13.4, 17.4, 18.4, 19.4, 20.4, 22.4, 23.4, 26.4, 27.4
Daniel Cohen 24.4, 25.4
Director Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera
Set Designer Carlo Sala
Costume Designer Fernand Ruiz
Lighting Designer        Franco Mari

Soloists
 
Otello                           Gustavo Porta 13.4, 17.4, 19.4, 22.4, 24.4, 26.4
Kor Jan Dusseljee 12.4, 18.4, 20.4, 23.4, 25.4, 27.4
Desdemona         Ira Bertman 13.4, 17.4, 19.4, 22.4, 24.4, 26.4
Ilona Mataradze 12.4, 18.4, 20.4, 23.4, 25.4, 27.4
Iago Marco Vratogna 13.4, 17.4, 19.4, 22.4, 24.4, 26.4, 27.4
Luca Grassi 12.4, 18.4, 20.4, 23.4, 25.4
Cassio Joseph Aridan
Rodrigo Given Nkosi
Emilia Ayala Zimbler 13.4, 17.4, 19.4, 20.4, 22.4, 23.4, 25.4, 27.4
Shay Bloch 12.4, 18.4, 24.4, 26.4
Montano Oded Reich
Lodovico Noah Briger
Herald  Oded Reich

The Israeli Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Eithan Schmeisser
Moran Youth Choir
Conductor: Sarit Steckler
Musical Director: Naomi Faran
The Opera Orchestra – The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion
Sung in Italian
English & Hebrew Surtitles
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Translation: Israel Ouval
Production of the Opera de Liege, Belgium
A 30 minute  pre performance lecture (in Hebrew) takes place at the auditrium before every performance, Admission free for ticket holders for the performance.

Day Date Hour Back stage tours Opera Talkback
FRI 12.4.13 13:00
SAT 13.4.13 21:00 19:45
*WED 17.4.13 20:00
THURS 18.4.13 20:00 18:45 After the show
FRI 19.4.13 13:00
SAT 20.4.13 21:00
MON 22.4.13 20:00 18:45 After the show
TUES 23.4.13 20:00
WED 24.4.13 20:00 After the show
THURS 25.4.13 20:00 18:45 After the show
FRI 26.4.13 13:00
SAT 27.4.13 21:00

TOWARDS OPENING: 6.4.13 11:00
*Première Performance

ACT I
On the island of Cyprus, Venetian officers and the Cypriot populace are awaiting the arrival of the Moor Otello, the governor from Venice, whose ship is battling a violent storm. The storm subsides and Otello lands, to the joy of the crowd. Only Iago and Roderigo do not share the general happiness. Iago is bitter because Otello has named Cassio his lieutenant, instead of Iago; and Roderigo is unhappy because he is in love with Desdemona, Otello's wife. Iago is already plotting his revenge, and when Cassio appears, Iago and Roderigo make him drunk, then provoke a duel with Montano. Otello, summoned by the brawling, dismisses Cassio from his service. Desdemona arrives, and when all have gone, she and Otello again declare their love.

ACT II
Iago, now Otello's confidant, continues his plotting. He advises Cassio to ask Desdemona to intercede with Otello for the disgraced officer's pardon. The Moor sees Cassio with his wife, and Iago plants the seed of jealousy, which grows as Desdemona pleads with her husband to forgive their old friend Cassio. Iago takes a handkerchief of Desdemona's from his wife, Emilia, who is Desdemona's companion. Later he will use it as evidence. When he and Otello are alone, he tells how he heard Cassio talk in his sleep about Desdemona, as if the two of them were lovers. Otello vows vengeance, and Iago swears to assist him and to furnish him with proof.

ACT III
Ambassadors are coming from Venice. Before they arrive, Desdemona again broaches the subject of Cassio, and Otello openly accuses her of adultery. Later he spies on a meeting between Iago and Cassio, who displays a handkerchief he has mysteriously found in his room. It is Desdemona's, placed there by Iago. Otello cannot hear the two men's words, but the sight of the handkerchief convinces him. When he receives the ambassadors, he cannot restrain his jealous fury and, in front of all, insults his wife and hurls her to the floor. Iago feels that his triumph is near.

ACT IV
Desdemona is preparing for bed. As Emilia assists her, she sings a sad song about unhappy love. Emilia leaves; Desdemona prays and then goes to bed. Otello enters and warns her that he has come to kill her and demands her to atone for all her sins. Again she protests her innocence, but he refuses to believe her and strangles her. Emilia knocks, then bursts in to tell Otello that Roderigo, who, according to Iago's plot, was to kill Cassio, has been killed. Cassio lives. Desdemona moans, Emilia cries out in horror, and others come in, including Iago, whose villainy is revealed. Iago flees, pursued by the others, and Otello kills himself over Desdemona's lifeless body.

 

Day Date Hour Back stage tours Opera Talkback
FRI 12.4.13 13:00
SAT 13.4.13 21:00 19:45
*WED 17.4.13 20:00
THURS 18.4.13 20:00 18:45 After the show
FRI 19.4.13 13:00
SAT 20.4.13 21:00
MON 22.4.13 20:00 18:45 After the show
TUES 23.4.13 20:00
WED 24.4.13 20:00 After the show
THURS 25.4.13 20:00 18:45 After the show
FRI 26.4.13 13:00
SAT 27.4.13 21:00

TOWARDS OPENING: 6.4.13 11:00
*Première Performance

A 30 minute pre-performance lecture (in hebrew) takes place at the auditorium one hour before each performance.

6.4.13 11:00

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