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Power, jealousy, love

“Otello lived up to all expectations,” is how the Itä-Savo newspaper headed its review of the premiere. “The production respects both Verdi and Shakespeare.”

Verdi’s clever, complex score of Otello is a taxing one for the singers and players but regally rewards its audience. It is a masterpiece packed with grand emotions: expectation and despair, envy, happiness and love. Olavinlinna Castle is the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s story of power and jealousy.

Though this partnership between the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Chorégies d’Orange from France keeps faithfully to the original version, its themes, such as xenophobia and fear of all things strange, seem more topical than ever. Conducting the 2018 performances is Hannu Lintu.

Conductor: Hannu Lintu
Assistant conductor: Jaan Ots
Stage director: Nadine Duffaut
Stage design: Emmanuelle Favre
Costume design: Katia Duflot
Revival of lights: Marc Delamezière
Video design: Arthur Colignon
Chorus master: Matti Hyökki
Children's choir coach: Leena Astikainen
Make-up: Kaarina Kokkonen
Stage director's Assistant: Héloise Sérazin

In partnership with Chorégies d’Orange

Info Info

July 14.7. (premiere)
July 18, 23 & 28, 2018
at 19

Sung in Italian.
Finnish and English surtitles.
Duration about 3 hours. One interval.

Cast includes.:

Aleksandrs Antonenko 14.7., 18.7., 23.7. ǀ Carl Tanner 28.7. (Otello)
Elia Fabbian (Jago)   
Joska Lehtinen (Cassio)
Ilkka Hämäläinen (Roderigo)   
Jongmin Park (Lodovico)
Niklas Spångberg (Montano)
Roman Chervinko (Herald)
Marina Costa-Jackson 14.7., 23.7. ǀ Pauliina Linnosaari 18.7., 28.7. (Desdemona)
Anna Danik (Emilia)
Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra
Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir
Savonlinna Opera Festival Children´s Choir

See the trailer