A military hero is undone by psychological manipulation, betrayal and obsessive jealousy.
Celebrating the Verdi Bicentenary, Johannes Fritzsch
, Chief Conductor of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, will make his long-awaited Opera Queensland theatre debut in a bold new production of Otello
created by Australia's foremost director of Shakespeare, Simon Phillips
From its first explosive moments, describing the terror of a storm at sea, to the three gentle kisses bestowed upon Desdemona's cold lips by her dying husband, Verdi's magnificent score is one of the great pinnacles of the opera repertoire. Evoking the environment and psychological pressure of a contemporary war zone, OperaQ's version of Otello
is staged amidst projected images of warfare, depicting scenes from recent military conflicts to connect with a modern audience.
Leading a superb cast is American tenor Frank Porretta
in the title role, opposite the exquisite Cheryl Barker
as Desdemona, Douglas McNicol
as the scheming Iago and Aldo di Toro
as Cassio. The Opera Queensland Chorus will revel in the grandeur and scale of the work's monumental choruses.
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