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By Maria Gregoriou

Get ready for the Rialto theatre to once again transport us to the world of opera with a screening of a performance of the famous opera Otello by Giuseppe Verdi, based on Shakespeare’s play Othello.

The performance is from the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-16 season. It is directed by Tony Award winner Barlett Ster and stars tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as the doomed Otello, new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva who sings Desdemona – Otello’s innocent wife and victim – and baritone Zeljko Lucic who plays the evil Iago – the mastermind behind Otello’s demise.

Dynamic maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin is conducting.

The opera in four acts had its world premier in Milan in 1887, and its Met company premier in Chicago on November 23, 1891.

It is often cited as Italian opera’s greatest tragedy, which unites music and drama. It is also praised as a masterpiece as profound philosophically as it is thrilling theatrically.

Otello almost wasn’t written; following the success of Aida and his setting of the Requiem mass in the early 1870s, Verdi considered himself retired, and it took Boito and publisher Giulio Ricordi several years to persuade him to take on a major new work.

Screening of the performance of the opera by Giuseppe Verdi. October 25. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 7.55pm. €18 /13. Tel: 77-777745

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