OTELLO

Giuseppe Verdi

His Majesty's Theatre | 7.30pm |  4, 6, 8 & 11 February 2014



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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


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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 at 1pm prior to the 1.30pm performance 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.
 


 
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


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