Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Athens & Epidavros Festival 2014 | Greek National Opera |

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Otello is presented for four performances in a new production at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus by the acclaimed opera director Yannis Kokkos, who attempts a psychological reading of the work. Otello is a story that is full of strong contrasts and violent emotions, about a powerful black soldier who thanks to his skills and bravery becomes the general of the superpower that was Venice during the 15th century. It is also the story of a man that experiences the insecurity of his origin and his beliefs, and is therefore easily manipulated by devious opponents such as Iago who leads him to destruction. Verdi presents the story of the Shakespearean hero with very powerful music and an economy of expressive means :a single phrase is sufficient to outline Otello’s heroism, Iago’s envy and Desdemona’s kindeness. Using very few musical measures Verdi describes with tremendous force both the storm of the raging sea and the tumult in Otello’s soul. The performances will be conducted by Myron Michailidis, the GNO’s Artistic Director.

Giuseppe Verdi


Conductor: Myron Michailidis
Director – Sets – Costumes: Yannis Kokkos

27, 29, 30, 31 July 2014

New production within the framework of the Athens Festival
Starts at 21.00

Artistic Collaborator – Dramaturgy: Anne Blancard
Lighting: Michael Bauer
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos

Otello: tba (27, 30/7)
Antonello Palombi (29, 31/7)
Ιago: George Gagnidze (27, 30/7)
Dimitri Platanias (29, 31/7)
Cassio: Dimitrios Flemotomos (27, 30/7)
Yannis Christopoulos (29, 31/7)
Roderigo: Charalambos Alexandropoulos (27, 29, 30, 31/7)
Lodovico: Tassos Apostolou (27, 30/7)
Petros Magoulas (29, 31/7)
Μontano: Akis Lalousis (27, 30/7)
Pavlos Sampsakis (29, 31/7)
Α herald: Pavlos Maropoulos (27, 30/7)
Theodore Moraitis (29, 31/7)
Desdemona: Alexia Voulgaridou (27, 30/7)
Cellia Costea (29, 31/7)
Emilia: Antigone Papoulkas (27, 30/7)
Ines Zikou (29, 31/7)

With the Orchestra and Chorus of GNO
Presale at
the Olympia Theatre Box Office 
(59-61, Akadimias str., tel.: 210 3662100)
the Greek Festival Box Office 
(39, Panepistimiou str., inside the Pesmazoglou Arcade, tel.: 210 3272000)
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