"Otello is a masterpiece. Go on your knees, Mother, and say 'Viva Verdi'."
~ Arturo Toscanini, second cello at the premiere performance
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Based on the play Othello by William Shakespeare
The Opera takes place at the end of the Fifteenth Century in a seaport in Cyprus
5th February 1887; La Scala, Milan; Italy.
Otello has married Desdemona against her father's wishes. A mercenary in the service of the Venetian Army, Otello has been sent to Cyprus to repel an invasion by the Turks. Iago, his ensign, feels slighted because of Cassio's promotion over him in rank. Iago plots and manipulates events and feelings to his benefit in order to destroy Otello's marriage and eventually his life.
Copyright © 1996, Stephen L. Parker.