After being postponed by pandemic restrictions just days before the Sydney Opera House opens in 2021, audiences will finally have the opportunity to see legendary German director Harry Kupfer’s highly acclaimed production of Otello opening on February 19. .
One of Verdi’s most magnificent works, Otello will feature the three internationally acclaimed singers of 2021’s original cast to lead OA’s production of this tense, romantic tragedy.
Distilled from Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Otello is an intense chamber opera that explores all the problems of the world, concentrated in the lives of the three main characters: Otello, Desdemona and Iago, three of Verdi’s most demanding roles, to both vocally and dramatically.
South Korean singers Yonghoon Lee and Karah Son will reunite after receiving praise for their respective performances from Calàf and Liù, in the current season of Turandot at the Sydney Opera House.
Internationally acclaimed tenor Yonghoon Lee will make his debut as war hero Otello; a role that was to be in his future after his 2016 performance at the Met in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, due to his “exceptional”, “wide”, “beautiful spinto voice which he uses with great skill and sensitivity”. (Medicine & Opera). In his current role as Calaf, Lee has been described as having “a commanding stage presence and vocal power perfectly suited to the role” by Limelight magazine.
The incomparable soprano Karah Son, whose captivating performance made OA’s Madama Butterfly a 2019 staple and who now delivers “a compelling dramatic and vocal performance” (Sydney Arts Guide) at Turandot, is set to deliver an equally captivating performance. exciting in her long-awaited debut as Desdemona.
Quickly becoming Australia’s favorite villain, Italian baritone Marco Vratogna returns to Sydney with a chilling portrayal of Iago alongside a stellar main cast of Virgilio Marino, Sian Sharp, Richard Anderson, Hubert Francis, Andrew Moran and Andrew Williams.
Andrea Battistoni, one of the world’s brightest young conductors, will lead the cast, Opera Australia Chorus and Opera Australia Orchestra through Verdi’s glorious score.
Venue: Joan Sutherland Theater | Sydney opera
Date: February 19 – March 19, 2022
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