Royal Opera House Live

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi‘s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.

Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

The Story

Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello’s mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago’s rival Cassio and Otello’s young wife Desdemona. Iago’s trickery cements Otello’s suspicion into mistaken certainty.

There have been many distinguished revivals of Elijah Moshinsky's 1987 production of Verdi's Otello over the years, though few, I suspect, have been quite so engrossing as its latest incarnation." ***** - Guardian

Age guidance: TBC
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Full price: £15
Concession: £12

Behind The Scenes

Can't wait until the show? Click here to read 'Verdi's greatest challenge? The pressures and delights of tackling Otello' from the Royal Opera House website.