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Otello

Friday October 24, 2014 - Friday November 7, 2014

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

 


Giuseppe Verdi's Otello
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

October 24, 2014 - 7:00 PM | October 26, 2014 - 2:00 PM | November 1, 2014 - 7:30 PM
November 4, 2014 - 7:30 PM | November 7, 2014 - 7:30 PM
 

The ancient Greeks called it hamartia - a tragic character flaw that can destroy even the mightiest among us. This idea is at the core of Shakespeare's magnificent play and so inspired Verdi.

Cruelly manipulated by his ensign Iago, Otello becomes convinced of his wife's infidelity. Although she is innocent, Otello is driven to jealous rage with fatal consequences.

Otello is a virtuosic fusion of great literature and sublime music. The result is riveting entertainment.

"O'Neill has a real trumpet-toned top to his voice and like all true warriors his is fearless... it was refreshing, no thrilling, to hear a young singer really nail those crazed top notes." - Independent (London) 

“Perez's lyric soprano is pure and honeyed in tone, and she deploys it with elegance and tenderness" – AP 

Cast
Otello - Simon O'Neill
Desdemona - Ailyn Perez
Iago - Marco Vratogna
Cassio - Norman Reinhardt
Emilia - Victoria Livengood
Lodovico - Morris Robinson

Creative Team
Conductor - Patrick Summers
Director - John Cox
Set & Costume Designer - Johan Engels
Lighting Designer - Michael James Clark
Houston Grand Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

A co-production of Teatro Regio di Parma, Los Angeles Opera and Opera di Monte-Carlo.
Photo by: Robert Millard.

Synopsis

The Moor Otello, a Venetian general who has just vanquished the invading Turks, was recently married to the beautiful Desdemona. Otello's ensign, Iago, is enraged at Otello for passing him over for promotion in favor of Cassio. To get revenge, Iago plots to drive a wedge between Otello and Desdemona. Iago's manipulations make it appear to Otello as though Desdemona has been unfaithful to him, driving him into a jealous fury that ends in tragedy.

Cast/Creative Team

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

John Cox
Director

Johan Engels
Set and Costume Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Designer

Bruno Ravella
Associate Director

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Karen Reeves
Children's Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Media

"…commanding voices, dynamic staging and a vivid orchestra. Tenor Simon O'Neill's trumpet of a voice traced Otello's entire tragic path… soprano Ailyn Perez sang with a fullness, warmth and poise…" – Houston Chronicle
Click here to view article 

"…spectacular 60th beginning…Otello provides a potent start to Houston Grand Opera's 60th season…" - CultureMap
Click here to view article

 

 


Giuseppe Verdi's Otello
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

October 24, 2014 - 7:00 PM | October 26, 2014 - 2:00 PM | November 1, 2014 - 7:30 PM
November 4, 2014 - 7:30 PM | November 7, 2014 - 7:30 PM
 

The ancient Greeks called it hamartia - a tragic character flaw that can destroy even the mightiest among us. This idea is at the core of Shakespeare's magnificent play and so inspired Verdi.

Cruelly manipulated by his ensign Iago, Otello becomes convinced of his wife's infidelity. Although she is innocent, Otello is driven to jealous rage with fatal consequences.

Otello is a virtuosic fusion of great literature and sublime music. The result is riveting entertainment.

"O'Neill has a real trumpet-toned top to his voice and like all true warriors his is fearless... it was refreshing, no thrilling, to hear a young singer really nail those crazed top notes." - Independent (London) 

“Perez's lyric soprano is pure and honeyed in tone, and she deploys it with elegance and tenderness" – AP 

Cast
Otello - Simon O'Neill
Desdemona - Ailyn Perez
Iago - Marco Vratogna
Cassio - Norman Reinhardt
Emilia - Victoria Livengood
Lodovico - Morris Robinson

Creative Team
Conductor - Patrick Summers
Director - John Cox
Set & Costume Designer - Johan Engels
Lighting Designer - Michael James Clark
Houston Grand Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

A co-production of Teatro Regio di Parma, Los Angeles Opera and Opera di Monte-Carlo.
Photo by: Robert Millard.

The Moor Otello, a Venetian general who has just vanquished the invading Turks, was recently married to the beautiful Desdemona. Otello's ensign, Iago, is enraged at Otello for passing him over for promotion in favor of Cassio. To get revenge, Iago plots to drive a wedge between Otello and Desdemona. Iago's manipulations make it appear to Otello as though Desdemona has been unfaithful to him, driving him into a jealous fury that ends in tragedy.

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

John Cox
Director

Johan Engels
Set and Costume Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Designer

Bruno Ravella
Associate Director

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Karen Reeves
Children's Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

"…commanding voices, dynamic staging and a vivid orchestra. Tenor Simon O'Neill's trumpet of a voice traced Otello's entire tragic path… soprano Ailyn Perez sang with a fullness, warmth and poise…" – Houston Chronicle
Click here to view article 

"…spectacular 60th beginning…Otello provides a potent start to Houston Grand Opera's 60th season…" - CultureMap
Click here to view article

 


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How Many Seats? Groups of ten or more receive discounts and special seating! Please call 713-546-0248 or e-mail groups@HoustonGrandOpera.org to learn more about Group Sales. 

All sales are final. If the performance includes an intermission, latecomers will be seated during that time based on the house staff and ushers’ discretion. The use of cameras or recording devices is strictly forbidden at HGO performances. Dates, casting and programs are subject to change without notice. 

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