Opera's new production, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death, will be
directed by the legendary film and opera director
(one of White Hat's
Significant Australians) conducted by Greg Hocking and
Raymond Lawrence and sung in a new English translation by
Rossini’s Otello is immensely influential in the history of
opera as, particularly in the 3rd act (the murder of Desdemona), Rossini
breaks new ground in operatic drama and sets the stage for Bellini,
Donizetti and early Verdi. The score is packed with exciting ensembles arias
and duets featuring duelling tenors.
The work features no less than 6 demanding tenor roles. The cast is led
by Stephen Smith in the demanding title role, with popular
international soprano Elena Xanthoudakis returning to debut
as Desdemona. Other cast members include Henry Choo,
Boyd Owen, Jason Wasley, Roger
Howell and Michael Dimovski.