Verdi’s Operatic Masterpiece “Otello”
Verdi successfully adapted Shakespeare’s literary classic for the operatic stage. Learn about Verdi’s lifelong admiration of the Bard and his plays. We will explore the opera’s faithful adherence to the play’s plot, characters and most importantly, its themes of human jealously, deception, manipulation, greed, innocent love and revenge. Study parts of the libretto and Verdi’s magnificent score. Watch and discuss scenes from a recent and outstanding staged Otello production on DVD.