• Copyright Veerle Frissen



Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868)

From 07/02/2014 in Antwerp - from 28/02/2014 in Ghent

  • Alberto Zedda
  • Ryuichiro Sonoda
  • Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
  • Gregory Kunde
  • Carmen Romeu
  • Josef Wagner
  • Musical direction: Alberto Zedda / Ryuichiro Sonoda
  • Director: Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
  • Otello: Gregory Kunde
  • Desdemona: Carmen Romeu
  • Elmiro Barberigo: Josef Wagner
  • Rodrigo: Maxim Mironov

The outsider Otello, a successful army general, gets married in secret to his great love Desdemona. Her father categorically disapproves of their relationship. Rodrigo, who is also seeking Desdemona’s hand, and by extension the whole community, throw a spanner in the works, awakening jealous demons in Otello’s head. The demons take on a life of their own and prove fatal to the happy couple…

Rossini’s choice of a Shakespearean tragedy as his inspiration was daring: it was unconventional to opt for a tragic dénoument rather than a happy ending. A Bel Canto work with demanding parts (for no fewer than 6 tenors!), which guarantees vocal fireworks. This piece heralds the return of native Antwerp director Moshe Leiser and his partner Patrice Caurier to Flanders Opera. They offer a fresh interpretation of the themes of jealousy and racism in this intelligent and inventive production.

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Length: 3 h 10 min (incl. intermission)

Language: Italian. Surtitles: Dutch.

Tickets from € 14.00 to € 100.00


Alberto Zedda, an masterly, audacious elder statesman among Rossini directors, will be causing every heart in the audience to beat faster in his fourth appearance at Flanders Opera. Cecilia Bartoli’s favourite directors’ duo has already garnered praise in Zürich for this production. They will undoubtedly continue this success in Flanders. In the key tenor roles, we will be hearing the pillars of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro: Gregory Kunde, Maxim Mironov (Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Robert McPherson (Idreno in Rossini’s Semiramide).



Otello - Rossini - trailer
Otello - Rossini - Warm-Up


'Assisa a piè d’un salice' / Otello (Rossini)
'Che ascolto!' / Otello (Rossini)




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