"This production does full justice to one of the supreme achievements of the art form."
— Australian Book Review
"An opera worth seeing to witness these marvellous vocalists and stunning score."
— Theatre Travels

About the Show

A spectacle of rich storytelling and powerful vocal prowess, Verdi’s opera is inspired by Shakespeare’s famous play. 

The brave, noble general Otello, his beautiful wife Desdemona, and the masterful villain Iago are tested in a tale of how far greed and jealousy can poison our judgment and the collateral damage when our worst impulses triumph over our better selves.

A gripping tale that brought Verdi out of retirement, Otello saw rapturous reviews and over 20 curtain calls at its premiere at La Scala in 1887. Tension and heart-breaking drama share the stage in this grand production from acclaimed director Harry Kupfer.

This production brings Verdi’s outstanding score to life with impossibly beautiful arias and vivid, explosive tension.


This production of Otello is presented by arrangement with Opera Australia.

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Arrigo Boito
Conductor Christopher van Tuinen
Original Director
Harry Kupfer
Revival Director Miranda Summers
Set Designer Hans Schavernoch
Costume Designer Yan Tax
Lighting Designer Toby Sewell

Otello Paul O'Neill
Desdemona Naomi Johns
Iago José Carbó
Emilia Ashlyn Tymms
Cassio Nicholas Jones

WAO Chorus

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Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Tactile Tour
Language/sub-title available in english
Audio Described

Dates & Times

DURATION 2 hours and 40 minutes including one interval
20 July 2023 Thursday - 7.30pm (Opening Night)
22 July 2023 Saturday - 7.30pm
25 July 2023 Tuesday - 7.30pm
27 July 2023 Thursday - 7.30pm
29 July 2023 Saturday - 7.30pm (Closing Night)


His Majesty's Theatre

825 Hay Street

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