Verdi's Otello at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Johan Botha as Otello and Ana Maria Martinez as Desdemona in 'Otello' at the Lyric Opera Chicago.

A new season of broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago kicks off with Verdi's Otello, a musically and emotionally complex opera founded on jealousy and insecurity. In this production of Verdi's macabre opera Johan Botha plays the Moor Otello and Ana Maria Martinez plays his blushing bride Desdemona. 

Our two lovers happily wed, despite the reservations of a few characters — namely the malicious Iago (Falk Struckmann) and Desdemona's father, a Senator. The opera opens with Otello and Desdemona's arrival in Cyprus, where Otello will serve as governor. Here we meet Iago, an ensign to Otello jealous of his successes, who vows to destroy him. The drama follows Iago as he plants seeds of doubt in Otello's trust of his wife and closest allies.   


Montano: Anthony Clark Evans
Cassio: Antonio Poli
Iago: Falk Struckmann
Roderigo: John Irvin
Otello: Johan Botha
Desdemona: Ana María Martínez
Emilia: Julie Anne Miller
A Herald: Richard Ollarsaba
Lodovico: Evan Boyer

Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
Stage Director: Sir Peter Hall
Revival Director: Ashley Dean
Chorus: Anima - Young Singers of Greater Chicago
Chorus Master: Emily Ellsworth
Chorus: Lyric Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Michael Black