Verdi’s Otello from Venice

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Otello, Iago and Desdemona, three of literature's most complex and compelling characters, come to life in what many consider Verdi's most moving opera, Otello. Written when the composer was in his early 70s, Otello takes one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies and, if anything, makes it even more powerful and heartbreaking.

This production of Otello comes from one of the world's premiere destinations for opera tourists — or any other tourists, for that matter — the historic La Fenice in Venice. The cast features two American singers, tenor Gregory Kunde and soprano Leah Crocetto, as Otello and Desdemona, respectively, with baritone Lucio Gallo as the villain Iago.

Cast:

Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung

Otello: Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Desdemona: Leah Crocetto (soprano)

Iago: Lucio Gallo (baritone)

Cassio: Francesco Marsiglia (tenor)

Roderigo: Antonello Ceron (tenor)

Emilia: Elisabetta Martorana (mezzo-soprano)

Lodovico: Mattia Devia (bass)

Montano: Matteo Ferrara (bass)

La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus