Over 200 operas have been based on the plays of Shakespeare, and Verdi’s Otello may be the most powerful of them all. Stripped down to its very core, the story illuminates with brilliant clarity exactly how jealousy and evil coalesce to form the basis for a great tragedy. The much-admired commander Otello is happily married to Desdemona. Iago, who is envious of Otello’s success, conspires to incite a whirlwind of lies about Desdemona. When Otello is blinded by jealousy, it has fateful consequences for both Desdemona and for himself.
The cast list is charmed indeed, featuring a singing trio of the highest quality. Experience the young American tenor Raymond Very in the title role of Otello, flanked by John Lundgren as Iago and Ann Petersen as Desdemona.