Gustav Dudamel steps up to the podium for this very special concert performance of Verdi's late opera, bringing you all the beauty and passion of a full-scale production as the sun sets over the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Russell Thomas displays his talents in the title role, alongside Juliana di Giacomo as Desdemona and George Gagnidze as the manipulator Iago.
A story full of greed and envy, Verdi thrills with his score, which here is also bolstered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.
The story of Otello
A general in the Venetian army, the imposing Othello is aided by his ensign, the villainous and cunning Iago. With a merciless zeal, Iago plots behind the back of his captain, manipulating his emotions for his own gain. When the younger and less experienced Cassio is promoted ahead of him, his attention turns to destroying Othello once and for all, taking away the one thing he holds most dear, his wife Desdemona.
Written by Shakespeare in 1604 and adapted by Verdi in the late 1870's Otello's themes of jealousy, discrimination, racism, and revenge have never stoppered its relevance, marking it as one of the most performed works - in any version- the world over.