Otello is an opera in four acts by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) with Arrigo Boito (1842-1918) providing the ‘libretto’ (text or words of an opera) which was based on William Shakespeare’s play Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice).  First performed in 1887 at the Teatro alla Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, Otello was an immediate success with performances continuing 130 years later throughout the world.  Click/Tap here to read →  Otello Synopsis

Have a listen to an opera expert:  Naomi Barretara of the Metropolitan Opera Guild will take you through the history and music of Otello in her podcast, and you’ll get a good understanding of Giuseppe Verdi, his creative genius, and the beauty and power of Otello.


Sorry, there’s no video recording of the November 12, 2017 Otello performance at the The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.  We’ll let you know when we find another opera for you to enjoy.  In the meantime, check out the Live Stream Program Guide for more On2In2™ LIVE & FREE FUN. 


Learn About Opera, The National Opera Center America (A free go-to guide to history and technical aspects of opera with online resources and interactive learning, including in-depth information on specific operas and advice on how to prepare for an opera performance and make the most of your experience.)


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Feature photo:  Othello and Desdemona (1880) by Antonio Muñoz Degrain, Public Domain (Degrain’s painting takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s play Othello.  It’s currently located at the Chiado Museum, Lisbon, Portugal.)

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