A military hero is undone by psychological manipulation, betrayal and obsessive jealousy.
Celebrating the Verdi Bicentenary, Johannes Fritzsch, Chief Conductor of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Graz Opera, will make his long-awaited Opera Queensland theatre debut in a bold new production of Otello created by Australia’s foremost director of Shakespeare, Simon Phillips.
From its first explosive moments, describing the terror of a storm at sea, to the three gentle kisses bestowed upon Desdemona’s cold lips by her dying husband, Verdi’s magnificent score is one of the great pinnacles of the opera repertoire.
Leading a superb cast is Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt in the title role, opposite the exquisite Cheryl Barker as Desdemona, Douglas McNicol as the scheming Iago and Aldo di Toro as Cassio. Opera Queensland’s Chorus will revel in the grandeur and scale of the work’s monumental choruses.
"As a theatre director, Shakespeare is my first love. But in the case of Othello, the opera surpasses its source. The irrational extremity of Othello’s jealousy and Iago’s hell-bent destruction seem somehow better suited to the soaring dynamics of opera. And Verdi’s score is so wonderfully lean and driven, viscerally bound to the hot-bed of the drama and then opening to exquisite moments of elegy.”
Simon Phillips – Director
The Storm Scene (4:18)
Credo in un Dio crudel (4:27)
30 below available for October 29, 31 and Nov 2 performances
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Sung in Italian with projected English translations.
The performance lasts approximately two hours and forty-five minutes including one twenty-minute interval.
Photography by Jason Florio – www.floriophoto.com