Otello (online)

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The world premiere of Otello at La Scala in Milan in 1887 marked Giuseppe Verdi’s spectacular return after 16 years away from the stage. Even though audiences were convinced that the 74-year-old composer had decided to rest on his laurels following the great success of Aida in 1871, he surprised them with his latest original, bold, innovative opera. Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Otello abounds with emotions – passionate love, obsessive jealousy, a desire for power and a fixation on revenge – all of which follow the dramatic overture.

The premiere of the work is the first of this year’s difficult season of the Kraków Opera, marking a virtual return to the world of music and theatre after a long autumn break. The tale of the passion of the Moorish general, Desdemona’s futile attempts to prove her innocence and Iago’s plot to destroy Otello is presented in a semi-staged version with a multimedia setting, with Tomasz Tokarczyk directing the music and Laco Adamik providing direction. The spectacle premieres on 11 December on PLAY KRAKÓW. (Wojciech Zając, "Karnet")

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