Opera

Otello

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Sung in Italian with German surtitles
Lyric Drama in four acts| Libretto: Arrigo Boito, after "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice" by William Shakespeare | World premiere: 1887 in Milan

Cristina Pasaroiu, Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Matias Tosi
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Cristina Pasaroiu, Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper, Matias Tosi
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper, Cristina Pasaroiu
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper, Matias Tosi
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Cristina Pasaroiu, Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Matias Tosi, Chor
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper, Cristina Pasaroiu
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Chor und Jugendchor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper, Cristina Pasaroiu
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Matias Tosi, Benedikt Nawrath, Aaron Cawley, Rosa Alt, Chor
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Matias Tosi
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Cristina Pasaroiu
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Cristina Pasaroiu, Scott Piper
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster

Verdi very often turned to the literature of Schiller for the inspiration to his operas, but it was in the works of Shakespeare that his greatest influence was to be found, leading to the masterpieces "Macbeth", "Falstaff" and "Otello". The libretto was shaped by poet-composer Arrigo Boito, whose vision brought together all the important elements of drama Verdi required, thus creating one of the great masterpieces of literary opera, one which was lauded as a world-success already at its premiere. "Otello" has a distinct dramatic language through which the Shakespearean drama interacts effortlessly with Verdi's complex narrative musical expression, masterfully employed to create everything from the tenderest arias to explosive choruses. As always, Verdi's focus lies in the depiction of human nature through a wide panorama of emotions. Jealousy, intrigue and self-weakness lead to self-destruction and certain fate, a force which not even Desdemona's pure love for Otello can counteract. Defenceless against the powers of evil (as personified by Iago) she falls victim to the delusions of her husband. "Otello" is a drama of almost monstrous force, from its opening thunderbolt to Otello's final kiss of death. This exciting new production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg marks his second year as Artistic Director of the State Theatre.

Cast

Conductor Daniela Musca
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage Designer Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Designer Jessica Karge
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Regine Palmai
Youth Chorus Direction Dagmar Howe
Otello Lance Ryan, Gregory Kunde
Desdemona Olesya Golovneva
Iago Aleksey Isaev
Cassio Aaron Cawley
Roderigo Joel Scott
Lodovico Young Doo Park
Emilia Silvia Hauer
Montano Alexander Knight
Chor, Extrachor, Jugendchor & Statisterie des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
RevivalGrosses Haus16:00 - 19:00
RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30