Otello

Opera

Writers: Giuseppe Verdi Arrigo Boito

Overview

Show Information

Libretto
Category
Opera
Number of Acts
4
First Produced
1887
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
late 15th century, cyprus
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
None
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult, child, early teen characters

Synopsis

Based on the famous play by Shakespeare, Verdi’s Otello follows the story of the happy couple, Otello, the governor of Cyprus and Venetian general, and Desdemona as they are dragged through an evil plot constructed by Iago. Iago is the slighted ensign of Otello, who has been passed over for a promotion. Iago sets up a plan to make Otello think that Desdemona is cheating on him with his newly promoted soldier, Cassio. A tale of love, revenge, betrayal, Otello ends with Iago’s success, Desdemona’s murder, and Otello’s suicide.

Lead Characters