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Watch Verdi's Otello on BBC Four on 15 October 2017

Jonas Kaufmann's role debut will be available to watch on BBC Four, and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

13 October 2017 at 9.35pm | 3 Comments

The Royal Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello will be broadcast on BBC Four at 10.30pm on Sunday 15 October 2017, and will be available on demand on BBC iPlayer.

One of the major works of Italian opera, Verdi's great final tragedy is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play. This production, directed by Keith Warner, was first seen at The Royal Opera earlier this year as part of the Summer 2016/17 Season, marking the Company's first new staging of the opera in 30 years.

It stars world-renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, conducted by Music Director Antonio Pappano. The broadcast is presented by Clemency Burton-Hill.

The opera retells Shakespeare's well-known story of deceit, infidelity and tragedy. Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello’s mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago’s rival Cassio and Otello’s young wife Desdemona. Iago’s trickery cements Otello’s suspicion into mistaken certainty with devastating results.

The broadcast is being shown as part of the BBC's Opera Season, which also includes eight hours of broadcasts from eight of the UK's opera companies, including the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera

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By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

13 October 2017 at 9.35pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC Four, by Keith Warner, Jonas Kaufmann, Otello, Production, verdi

This article has 3 comments

  1. Brendan Quinn responded on 21 October 2017 at 4:31pm Reply

    It was brilliant to watch this performance on TV so soon after experiencing it in the ROH, watching it over and over again, this was one of those historic run of performances that just stays with you forever!!!

  2. Dr Janet Rennie responded on 25 October 2017 at 5:24pm Reply

    Fantastic to be able to watch this again after seeing the wonderful live production. Why can't it remain available, like the Met website, for a fee? I would happily pay for access to the ROH cinema productions in a a similar way. The Met streaming quality is good and the subscription is very fair. Please think about it!

  3. Dr.Zsuzsanna (Susan) Pajzs Budapest responded on 23 March 2018 at 7:20pm Reply

    I'm old,(88) limited in my movements, so I'm looking for a DVD of this fantastic production. When will it be accessible? It is nearly 1 year it happened
    that it happened. ( I beg your pardon for my English)

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