Birmingham Opera Company

 

Verdi’s Othello
Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare
English translation by Andrew Porter
 
For the first time a British opera company casts the roles of Othello and Iago with black singers.
 
The audience were invited to walk through the vastness of an abandoned industrial space and find themselves immersed in Othello’s morally ambiguous world, to explore the issues of terror, fear, identity, religion and hatred found in Shakespeare and Verdi and which resonated so powerfully in the West Midlands of 2009.
 
 

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