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Duration: 02:44:30"

Verdi – OTELLO

Giuseppe Verdi Shakespeare and opera

What leads Otello to believe himself betrayed by his wife Desdemona who has never stopped loving him? In this new production by David Alden, Teatro Real offers a live stream of William Shakespeare’s masterfully portrayal of the devastating power of insecurity. Conducted by Renato Palumbo, the very fine cast includes Gregory Kunde and Ermonela Jaho.





William Shakespeare gave the Venetian Moor ethnic origins which were unusual for his surroundings and these became a powerful Achilles heel. However, the Otello as conceived by stage director David Alden (and in Arrigo Boito’s libretto for Verdi), sets the conflict less on the skin colour of the Moor and more in the intricate psychological labyrinths within which he becomes trapped.

Otello is overwhelmed by jealousy. He cannot avoid the downfall of his own ideals, and he is smothered by an obsession to find proof of his wife’s infidelity which, in actual fact, only exists in his mind. The bloodthirsty general devours the man of peace, and thus destroys both himself and everything around him. In his officer Iago, we have one of the most venomous villains ever conceived. With opportunistic authority, he encourages the wild imagination of his commander. By losing all sense of dignity, self-control and judgement, Otello confronts us with one of the most unspeakable fears of mankind:  to not feel worthy of that which one most loves.


Ermonela Jaho - Desdemona
Gemma Coma-Alabert - Emilia
Gregory Kunde - Otello
Alexey Dolgov - Cassio
Vicenç Esteve - Roderigo
George Petean - Iago
Fernando Radó - Ludovico
Isaac Galán - Montano / A herald
Music director: Renato Palumbo
Choir director: Andrés Máspero
Choir: Chorus of Teatro Real
Choreography: Maxine Braham
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Sets: Jon Morrell
Libretto: Arrigo Boito
Lighting: Adam Silverman
Director: David Alden
Orchestra: Orchestra of Teatro Real

Available until

23 March 2017 at 23h59 CET
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The Opera Platform presents Verdi – OTELLO from Teatro Real. Starting 27 September 2016 at 16h05 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme. Subtitles in six languages will not be provided.
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Teatro Real | OTELLO according to Shakespeare & to Verdi

Gregory Kunde, who sings the title role in Teatro Real’s production, compares the spoken words of Shakespeare and sung text by Verdi as Othello/Otello, tormented, bids farewell to his simpler times when he was just a general.