13 October 2017 at 9.35pm | 2 Comments
One of the major works of Italian opera, Verdi's great final tragedy is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play. This production, directed by Keith Warner, was first seen at The Royal Opera earlier this year as part of the Summer 2016/17 Season, marking the Company's first new staging of the opera in 30 years.
The opera retells Shakespeare's well-known story of deceit, infidelity and tragedy. Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello’s mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago’s rival Cassio and Otello’s young wife Desdemona. Iago’s trickery cements Otello’s suspicion into mistaken certainty with devastating results.
The broadcast is being shown as part of the BBC's Opera Season, which also includes eight hours of broadcasts from eight of the UK's opera companies, including the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera
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