Otello is a celebrated four-act opera by Giuseppe Verdi who wrote it to Arrigo Boito’s Italian libretto, and is famously based on the Shakespearean play, Othello. This masterpiece was first performed back in 1887 at Milan’s Teatro alla Scalla. It is now being presented by the prestigious Lyrics Opera of Chicago. Lyric was founded by Carol Fox, Lawrence Kelly and Nicola Rescigno in 1954 in Chicago as ‘Lyric Theatre of Chicago.’ Among those who understand its ageless beauty, this opera is a must-see making Otello tickets a sought-after treat for opera aficionados.
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The show is directed by Sir Peter Hall who is the former director of the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. Hall is one of the most revered theatre and opera directors in the world. This opera focuses on the themes of betrayal, jealousy and murder, featuring the most dramatic dimensions of Shakespeare’s works, performed alongside the most revealingly expressive and blazing music compositions of Verdi. The performance features well-known stage artists like Ana Maria Martinez as Desdemona, Johan Botha as Otello and Falk Struckmann as Lago.
Otello is primarily famous of being the penultimate opera by Verdi who attempted to change the standard operatic structure, much like Wagner had already tried. The flow in between the set pieces was much smoother than in any of Verdi’s previous works. He further added some exciting ballet to its third act, which is actually only rarely included in shows today. Verdi’s orchestral writing for the opera is much more complexly developed than any of his earlier masterpieces, while its orchestra portions have a very crucial part in conveying the story’s main events such as portraying the profoundly dark, evil aspect of the character of Lago. This performance has been noted for reflecting the operatic influences of Wagner in its section of extended harmonies, changes of key in passages and its chromaticism. In addition it features some softer passages that are strongly reminiscent of the soft and sad music of Wagner’s composition for Tristan and Isolde.
Lyric Opera was re-organized in 1956 by Fox under its current name, and has since continued to be among the most prominent opera companies of the country. It is known to present contemporary works along with its standard operatic repertoire. Its recent most productions include Weill’s Street Scene, Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Floyd’s Susannah, as well as John Adams’ Doctor Atomic. During their main stage season, Lyric Opera artists understudy and perform roles at all levels; the singers work alongside the greatest opera singers of the world as well as directors and conductors so that these young artists’ professionalism advances.
Lyric opera has dedicated this revival production of Otello to Bruno Bartoletti, the artistic director whose wisdom and artistry enriched the company for more than half a century. It is also dedicated to Tito Gobbi Baritone who is ranked among the most significant artists in the history of Lyric Opera House. The latter was quite instrumental in introducing Bartoletti to Lyric Opera, This opera company has been featuring world renowned artists such as Sherrill Milnes, Tatiana Troyanos, Jon Vickers, Christa Ludwig, Joan Sutherland, Robert Merrill, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Mirella Freni, Richard Tucker, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson and Eleanor Steber among many others.
This production of Otello has been praised critically by various publications. Chicago Tribune has described it as "simply alluring, fresh and radiant," while Financial Times has quoted it to be "stupendous with its rare tonal beauty and power and its triumph of style singing." In addition, Opera News has evaluated to be among the greatest of all operas in the last fifty years. If you want to watch this whimsical revival production then sure book your Otello tickets in time.
Otello Ticket Prices
Currently the average price for Otello tickets is $30. The date and location for this event is 16-Nov-19 at Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington. The minimum get-in price for Otello tickets is $22.
|Name||City||Date||Average Ticket Price||Get In Price
|Washington National Opera: Otello||Washington||16-Nov-19||$30||$22|
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