Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yekaterinburg Opera, Ballet Theatre to premiere Verdi's Otello on May 16

The Yekaterinburg Opera and State Ballet Theatre will premiere its production of Giuseppe Verdi's Otello at 6:30 p.m. on May 16.

The four-act opera, written in the early 1870s, is based on Shakespeare's Othello. Otello was first produced at Milan's Teatro alla Scala in 1887.

By the time Verdi wrote Otello, he was one of the most high-profile composers in Italy due to the success of his 1871 opera, Aida.

Stylistically, Otello is known for its lack of recitative-aria opera structure, much like many of Richard Wagner's later works.

Otello's libretto was written by Arrigo Boito and is considered very faithful to Shakespeare's version.