BUY TICKETS 2pm Sunday 2 July 

OPERA broadcast AS LIVE from the Royal Opera House

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi‘s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music

Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece. Soprano Maria Agresta will play Desdemona and baritone Marco Vratogna is Otello’s nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

Bathed in light is Italian soprano Maria Agresta as a wonderful Desdemona, a soaring songbird, trusting, naïve and doomed, with Kai Rüütel an accomplished foil in Emilia. Italian tenor Marco Vratogna makes the most of the jagged, juddering, incomplete phrasing that Verdi invented for his baleful Iago, while Kaufmann traces Otello’s slow crucifixion and vertiginous decent into paranoia and suspicion with growing conviction, unleashing a darker deeper timbre. Almost too conflicted at the outset, his performance blooms gradually. As always, Pappano’s contribution in the pit is a thing of wonder, with no detail too trifling in to be given full weight in his masterful sweep of the whole.  Cara Chanteau, The Independent

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Tickets: Full £20   Adult concessions £18   18 & under £12.50
Running time: 2 hrs 45 mins (inc one interval)
Doors open: 1.30pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.

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