12, 20, 24, 27th October, 2018.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
3 hours with two intervals.
Composer: Giuseppe Rossini
Conductor: Greg Hocking, Raymond Lawrence
Director: Bruce Beresford.
Starring: Elena Xanthoudakis, Henry Choo, Stephen Smith, Boyd Owen.
This new production, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death, will be directed by the legendary film and opera director Bruce Beresford, conducted by Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence and sung in a new English translation by Geoffrey Harris.
Rossini’s Otello features no less than 6 demanding tenor roles. Melbourne Opera has gathered an all star cast Australian cast led by Stephen Smith in the demanding title role, with popular international soprano Elena Xanthoudakis returning to debut as Desdemona. Other cast members include Henry Choo, Boyd Owen, Jason Wasley, Roger Howell and Michael Dimovski.
Rossini’s Otello is immensely influential in the history of opera as, particularly in the 3rd act (the murder of Desdemona), Rossini breaks new ground in operatic drama and sets the stage for Bellini, Donizetti and early Verdi. The score is packed with exciting ensembles arias and duets featuring duelling tenors. This is an important premiere and builds on Melbourne Opera’s outstanding reputation in bel canto opera.
For more, read our fantastic Director, Bruce Beresford, on his experience with and passion for Rossini’s Otello beginning in New York in 1982.