Friday 15 December 18:55
Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra present Otello by Giuseppe Verdi in staged concert.
In creating the characters for his master play Othello, Shakespeare combined the most devastating but inexorable human traits: arrogance, insecurity, envy and jealousy. Othello, his Venetian general, is defending the Cypriots against Turkish invasion but becomes obsessed with rumours of his wife's infidelity, implied by his ensign, Iago.
Watch the performance live on this page. The transmission starts at 18.55 on Friday 15 December.
For BNO’s theatrical performances, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on stage and the drama swirling around them, we see the return to Bergen of monumental performers: Stuart Skelton - recently our heartwrenching Peter Grimes, with Latonia Moore and Lester Lynch, unforgettable in BNO’s 2014 Aida.
Otello is directed and lit by award-winning Peter Mumford and conducted by Edward Gardner.
"Not since Domingo in his prime can this music have been sung with more complete assurance" - The Telegraph on Stuart Skelton as Otello at English National Opera (2014)
"A remarkable voice, wonderful in its amplitude at full throttle, yet also capable of sustaining beautiful, rapt pianissimos. This is one of the finest performances of the role to be heard in London for many years.” - The Guardian on Latonia Moore as Aida at English National Opera (2017)