28 July 2014

The classical story directed by Yannis Kokkos

Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece Otello is presented for four performances from July 27-31, 2014, in a new production at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus by the acclaimed opera director Yannis Kokkos, who attempts a psychological reading of the work. Otello is a story that is full of strong contrasts and violent emotions, about a powerful black soldier who thanks to his skills and bravery becomes the general of the superpower that was Venice during the 15th century. It is also the story of a man that experiences the insecurity of his origin and his beliefs, and is therefore easily manipulated by devious opponents such as Iago who leads him to destruction.

Verdi presents the story of the Shakespearean hero with very powerful music and an economy of expressive means: a single phrase is sufficient to outline Otello's heroism, Iago's envy and Desdemona's kindness. Using very few musical measures Verdi describes with tremendous force both the storm of the raging sea and the tumult in Otello's soul. The performances will be conducted by Myron Michailidis, the GNO's Artistic Director.

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