His Majesty’s Theatre | 7.30pm | 4, 6, 8 & 11 February

 

Perth International Arts Festival and West Australian Opera present Otello, a co-production of Cape Town Opera, West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia and Victorian Opera

 

O, BEWARE MY LORD, OF JEALOUSY!

IT IS THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER WHICH DOTH MOCK THE MEAT IT FEEDS ON

 

Otello’s famous first explosive moments describe the terror of a storm at sea. Iago, the embodiment of self-importance and arrogance, is fuelled by jealousy and rage as he is passed over for promotion to Captain and sets out to destroy Otello. Desdemona’s morality and her love for Otello are cast in doubt. Roderigo’s jealousy is used and abused. Layer upon layer of manipulation highlights how one person’s evil and selfish intentions impact many. Verdi’s magnificent score and Arrigo Boito’s dramatic libretto display power, poignant beauty and profound tragedy.

 

West Australian Opera Chorus and guests from the Cape Town Opera Chorus

 

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

 

Read before the show:

THE WESFARMERS SYNOPSIS SHEET

 

Annie Patrick in Conversation with Antonello Palombi

 

‘Iago: the Man, the Devil and Emotion’ – Joseph Colaneri Discusses

 

WESFARMERS ARTS PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS

Before each performance a brief summary of the opera is provided by guest speaker Annie Patrick. Please join her in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty’s Theatre. Talks will commence at 7pm prior to the evening performances at 7.30pm and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.

 

POST-PERFORMANCE TALKS

On Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th February Artistic Director Joseph Colaneri will host a post performance talk. Please join him in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty’s Theatre. Talks will commence 10 minutes after the performance and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.

 

Sesfarmers

 

Creative Team

Conductor

Joseph Colaneri

 

Director

Simon Phillips

 

Assistant Director

Matthew Wild

 

Scenery Designer

Dale Ferguson

 

Costume Designer

Michael Mitchell

 

Lighting Designer

Nick Schlieper

 

CAST

Otello

Antonello Palombi

 

Desdemona

Cheryl Barker

 

Iago

James Clayton

 

Emilia

Fiona Campbell

 

Cassio

Henry Choo