Richard Farnes

Richard Farnes : Otello: interview with conductor, Richard Farnes
Conductor, Richard Farnes explores Verdi's masterpiece, Otello.

Giuseppe Verdi (1887)
New production
Iago, an ensign in the Venetian army, is a man who bears a grudge. When his general, Otello, passes him over for promotion in favour of Cassio, Iago's festering resentment quickly turns to downright malice. He poisons Otello's mind with suspicion, and step by step, leads Otello to believe that his young wife Desdemona is in love with the young and handsome Cassio. And so Iago, a man consumed by envy, makes Otello into a monster of murderous jealousy.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth, this breathtaking new production brings Shakespeare's great tragedy to life through Verdi's most exquisite, passionate and profoundly moving music. A tale of betrayed friendship, suspicion and jealousy, it is widely regarded as the crowning glory of Italian opera.

This new production reunites the production team of Tim Albery and designer Leslie Travers who created Opera North's recent, widely acclaimed Giulio Cesare; Music Director Richard Farnes conducts.

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes
Supported by The Peter Moores Foundation and the Opera North Future Fund


Otello - Ronald Samm
Desdemona - Elena Kelessidi
Iago - David Kempster
Cassio - Michael Wade Lee
Emilia - Ann Taylor
Roderigo - Christopher Turner
Lodovico - Henry Waddington
Montano - Dean Robinson
Herald - Paul Gibson

Creative Team

Conductor - Richard Farnes
Director - Tim Albery
Set and Costume Designer - Leslie Travers
Lighting Designer - Thomas C Hase
Choreographer - Laila Diallo