Verdi's 'Otello' from Barcelona

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Marc Heller and Ermonela Jaho star in 'Otello' at the Grand Liceu Theater. Marc Heller and Ermonela Jaho star in "Otello" at the Grand Liceu Theater. (A. Bofill/Flickr)
Operavore

Perhaps no other composer adapted the words of Shakespeare for the operatic stage quite as well as Giuseppe Verdi. His Macbeth, Falstaff and Otello are not just some of the best operas based on works by the bard, but among the best operas ever written. With the quadricentennial of the playwright's death in 2016, the Grand Liceu Theater presented Otello, conducted by Philippe Augin.

Lisa Simeone hosts this broadcast of the production starring Marc Heller in the title role, Ermonela Jaho as his devoted wife Desdemona and Marco Vratogna as the villain Iago, who preys upon Otello's insecurity and jealousy. World of Opera airs Thursdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 1 pm on the Operavore stream.

Cast:

Otello: Marc Heller (tenor)
Desdemona: Ermonela Jaho (soprano)
Iago: Marco Vratogna (baritone)
Cassio: Alexe iDolgov (tenor)
Roderigo: Vincenç Esteve Madrid (tenor)
Emilia: Olesya Petrova (mezzo-soprano)
Lodovico: Roman Ialcic (bass)
Montano: Damián del Castillo (bass)

Grand Liceu Theater Orchestra and Chorus
Philippe Augin, conductor

Comments [2]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Macbeth is wonderful. Verdi re-wrote it and boy did he get it right.

Jul. 23 2016 02:21 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

Let's be accurate: Verdi did not adapt Shakespeare's words for the operatic stage. Francesco Piave collaborating with Andrea Maffei did so for "Macbeth" and Arrigo Boi"to did so for "Falstaff" and "Otello". Verdi wrote the music for said same and the results were three of the most monumental operas ever written, incontestably for "Falstaff" and "Otello" and arguably somewhat problematically in the case of "Macbeth".

Jul. 21 2016 08:24 AM

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