Italian Tragedy in Beijing
Verdi's Opera Otello
Though written circa 1603, William Shakespeare’s Othello – the love, jealousy and betrayal-filled story of a Moorish captain in the Venetian army – became and remains one of the playwright’s most famous works, still widely studied and performed today.
So powerful and time-transcending did the tale and its themes prove, that numerous adaptations were created over the following centuries, perhaps none more important than the opera Otello. Composed by revered Italian maestro Giuseppe Verdi and first performed in 1887, the tragic opera comes to Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) some 126 years on for an exclusive 4-night run.
Led by one of today’s most sought-after stage directors, Giancarlo del Monaco, and conducted by NCPA principal maestro Lu Jia, Otello stars Chinese tenor and Vice President of the Shanghai Opera Wei Song in the title role, Chinese-Canadian soprano and China Central Conservatory of Music Chair and Professor Zhang Liping as Desdemona, as well as Guan Zhijing and Jin Zhengjian as Lodovico and Roderigo.
The multicultural production team includes Italian set designer William Orlandi and Spanish costume and make-up designer Jesus Ruiz. With such an illustrious opera performed by so impressive a cast, missing out would be a tragedy in itself.