Otello’s famous first explosive moments describe the terror of a storm at sea. Iago, the embodiment of self-importance and arrogance, is fuelled by jealousy and rage as he is passed over for promotion to Captain and sets out to destroy Otello. Desdemona’s morality and her love for Otello are cast in doubt. Roderigo’s jealousy is used and abused. Layer upon layer of manipulation highlights how one person’s evil and selfish intentions impact many. Verdi’s magnificent score and Arrigo Boito’s dramatic libretto display power, poignant beauty and profound tragedy.
Conductor Joseph Colaneri//Director Simon Phillips Assistant Director Matthew Wild//Scenery Designer Dale Ferguson//Costume Designer Michael Mitchell//Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Otello Antonello Palombi Desdemona Cheryl Barker//Iago James Clayton//Emilia Fiona Campbell//Cassio Henry Choo
West Australian Opera Chorus and guests from the Cape Town Opera Chorus//West Australian Symphony Orchestra