Verdi's 'Otello' From the Peralada Castle Festival

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Verdi's 'Otello' from the 2015 Peralada Castle Festival in Spain. Verdi's 'Otello' from the 2015 Peralada Castle Festival in Spain. (Peralada Castle Festival)
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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.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Otello" from the 2015 Peralada Castle Festival on the Costa Brava in northeastern Spain. The distinguished cast includes soprano Eva Maria Westbroek as Desdemona; tenor Gregory Kunde in the title role; and baritone Carlos Álvarez as Iago. The conductor is Riccardo Frizza with the orchestra of Barcelona's Grand Liceu Theater in the pit.

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Cast:

Otello: Gregory Kunde (tenor)
Desdemona: Eva Maria Westbroek (soprano)
Iago: Carlos Álvarez (baritone)
Cassio: Francisco Vas (tenor)
Roderigo: Vincenç Esteve Madrid (tenor)
Emilia: Mireia Pintó (mezzo-soprano)
Lodovico: Miguel Ángel Zapater (bass)
Montano: Damián del Castillo (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Grand Liceu Theater, Barcelona
Riccardo Frizza, conductor

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