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Catch The Royal Opera's Otello live at a cinema near you on 28 June 2017

Join Jonas Kaufmann as he makes his role debut in Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera.

By Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer)

26 June 2017 at 1.18pm | 12 Comments

The Royal Opera's major new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to cinemas across the world on 28 June 2017 at 7.30pm BST.

One of the major works of Italian opera, Verdi's great final tragedy is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play. This new production is directed by Keith Warner and is the Company's first new staging of the opera in 30 years. It stars world-renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, conducted by Music Director Antonio Pappano.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our Otello Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREEOTELLO, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The story

Otello retells Shakespeare's iconic 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 music

One of Verdi's late works, Otello saw the composer take influence from from abroad as well as look back to the traditional forms of Italian opera. The results are thrilling: from the violent storm that opens the opera through to Iago’s blood-chilling Credo and Otello’s increasingly desperate duets with Desdemona.

'This is one of the great scores for a conductor', says conductor Antonio Pappano. 'We're thrown right the way into a storm scene – both real and psychological. It has an incredible impact.'

The production

Director Keith Warner’s production explores Otello’s gradual mental collapse, as Iago’s machinations cause him to lose all confidence in himself and his wife’s love, and his identity fragments. Boris Kudlíčka’s semi-abstract sets use light and dark colours to mirror the contrasting innocence of Desdemona and evil of Iago. The production also explores the relationships between Moors, Turks and Westerners in Shakespeare’s time, examining Otello’s position as an outsider.

The cast

The role of Otello will be played by world-renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann as he makes his role debut. Maria AgrestaMarco Vratogna, and Frédéric Antoun will play the roles of Desdemona, Iago, and Cassio.

Add your review

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHotello.

Otello runs until 15 July 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 28 June 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

The production is generously supported by Rolex and is given with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Alfiya and Timur Kuanyshev, Lord and Lady Laidlaw, Mr and Mrs Baha Bassatne, John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer, Ian and Helen Andrews, Mercedes T. Bass, Maggie Copus, Martin and Jane Houston, Mrs Trevor Swete, Beth Madison, John McGinn and Cary Davis, the Otello Production Syndicate, The American Friends of Covent Garden, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and an anonymous donor.

By Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer)

26 June 2017 at 1.18pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Antonio Pappano, by Keith Warner, cinema, Jonas Kaufmann, movies, Otello, Production

This article has 12 comments

  1. Superb

  2. I have.

  3. Very informative thank you for the information .

  4. Nicole FEUVRIER responded on 29 June 2017 at 12:08am Reply

    Superbe soirée, nous admirons et félicitons tous ces artistes pour le bonheur qu'ils nous donnent. Merci au Royal Opera de nous offrir ces belles représentations. Un grand bravo à Jonas Kaufman

  5. Michael Wheelhouse responded on 29 June 2017 at 10:42am Reply

    Kaufmann as ever brilliant, Vratogna as Iago perfect, in my cinema I missed having the sub-titles

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 29 June 2017 at 2:36pm

      Hi Michael,

      I'm very sorry to hear that there were no subtitles in your cinema. Subtitles are always part of the transmission and there were no general issues with them last night.

      I will email you for more details.

      Best wishes,

      ROH Cinema

  6. SIMON CARBERY responded on 4 July 2017 at 4:26pm Reply

    Replay of the show at Stratford (London) 4 July. Superb though the sound dopped out briefly but regularly throughout the broadcast.

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 4 July 2017 at 4:29pm

      Hi Simon,

      I'm very sorry to hear about this issue at your screening earlier today. We will add your comments to our report and follow up with the cinema.

      Best wishes,

  7. Suzanne Weissman responded on 4 July 2017 at 5:41pm Reply

    I live in the US. Is Othello being rebroadcast worldwide over the summer?

    • Jimmy Chadda responded on 6 July 2017 at 3:38pm

      Hi Suzanne,

      There are several screenings of Otello scheduled across the US. Please have a look on the ROH Cinema Website for dates and venues.

      Best wishes,

      ROH Cinema

  8. George MELLER responded on 23 July 2017 at 1:09pm Reply

    OTELLO in Berlin Cinemaxx 22-07-17
    80% Sheakspeare and 20% Verdi
    There is no aria to remeber.
    Kaufmann elegance and smooth tenor bordering on baritone was a delight to hear and his handsomeness youthful jealousy are well cast. However the show was stolen by the superbly cast Iago. I shall enjoy hearing/seeing Marco Vratogna at his next OPERA in accessible venue. Georte Meller

  9. Marion Padilla responded on 11 August 2017 at 3:45am Reply

    Brilliant voices and brilliant acting. I want to see/hear more of Jonas Kauffman,

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