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Onstage: Cincinnati Opera's Otello

By Anne Arenstein · July 6th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

The Cincinnati Opera presents what's considered by some to be Verdi's masterpiece. The composer came out of a 15-year retirement to create this Italian opera gem, a tragic work based on Shakespeare's Othello set in Cyprus in the late 1400s. It's the story of forbidden love, war, betrayal and, above all, jealousy.

Otello, a Moor and the Venetian governor of Cyprus, has married Desdemona without her father's blessing.

When he returns after a military victory over the Turks, disgruntled subordinate Iago plots to destroy Otello's life.

Otello will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday at Music Hall. Acclaimed conductor Robert Spano will lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in his Cincinnati Opera debut.

Read Anne Arenstein's interview with Spano and get performance details here.



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