Othello

Gioachino Rossini

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala 

New Teatro alla Scala Production 
in Coproduction with Staatsoper, Berlin

 

From 4 to 24 July 2015

Running Time: 3 hours 45 minutes intermissions included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
Prior to the version by Verdi, Italian theatres of the past had for decades staged Rossini’s Otello, which was subsequently revived only occasionally.It hasn’t been staged at La Scala since 1870. The rarity of this title in the programmes of the Twentieth century was also linked to the difficulty of the bel canto required by this extraordinary “serious opera” and especially to the efforts necessitated in bringing together the three great tenors required in the cast: but here we will have an awe-inspiring trio, with Juan Diego Flórez, Gregory Kunde and Edgardo Rocha competing in the most daring and spectacular trills. The role of Desdemona, which Rossini wrote for his future wife Isabella Colbran, will come back to life through the voice of Olga Peretyatko, acclaimed in last season’s The Tsar’s Wife. This classic title features scenery and costumes inspired by the modernity of the famous German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, and is conducted by Muhai Tang who well knows the opera since he conducted it in Zurich with Cecilia Bartoli in 2012 (the DVD has been published by Decca).

Direction 

Conductor
Muhai Tang
Staging
Jürgen Flimm
Sets
Jürgen Flimm
based on an idea by Anselm Kiefer
Costumes
Ursula Kudrna
Lights
Sebastian Alphons

Cast 

Otello
Gregory Kunde
Desdemona
Olga Peretyatko
Elmiro Barberico
Roberto Tagliavini
Rodrigo
Juan Diego Flórez
Jago
Edgardo Rocha
Emilia
Annalisa Stroppa
Doge
Nicola Pamio
A gondolier
Sehoon Moon
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