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NationaltheaterMunich, Bavaria, Germany
September 20, 24, 28 at 19:00
Bavarian State Opera
Ádám FischerConductor
Amélie NiermeyerDirector
Christian SchmidtSet Designer
Annelies VanlaereCostume Designer
Jonas KaufmannTenorOtello
Claudio SguraBaritoneIago
Anja HarterosSopranoDesdemona
Katarina BradićMezzo-sopranoEmilia
Evan LeRoy JohnsonTenorCassio
Galeano SalasTenorRoderigo
Tareq NazmiBassLodovico
Milan SiljanovBassMontano
Markus SuihkonenBassHerald
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Like an outcry the elemental force of the orchestra shatters the silence, the storm on the coast of Cyprus rages incessantly. The wind whips, lightening 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 longer 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.

Anja Harteros (Desdemona) and Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © Wilfried Hösl (2018)
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