Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Marco Vratogna his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.
A major work of the opera repertory, Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo arias and thrilling choruses. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano will conduct what is one of the most anticipated stagings of the season.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, this performance was filmed live in performance on June 28, 2017.
The cast and creatives: Conductor-Antonio Pappano with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus with Jonas Kaufmann (Otello), Maria Agresta (Desdemona), Marco Vratogna (Iago), Frédéric Antoun (Cassio), Thomas Atkins (Roderigo), Kai Rüütel (Emilia), Simon Shibambu (Montano), In Sung Sim (Lodovico), Thomas Barnard (Herald).
Directed by Keith Warner with Set Design by Boris Kudlička