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Otello, the Moor of Venice conquers the Palace of Fine Arts of Mexico

A production of Opera de Bellas Artes de Mexico performed under the scenic direction of Luis Miguel Lombana, with the participation of the Choir and the Orchestra of the Fine Arts Theater; all of them under the baton of maestro Gavriel Heine.


The Ministry of Culture, through the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura, will present Otello, a work in four acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on the work of William Shakeapeare The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (The tragedy of Otello, the Moor of Venice), on July 4, 7, 9 and 11, in the Main Hall of the Palacio de Bellas Artes

Otello, by Giuseppe Verdi, considered one of the most spectacular works of the operatic repertoire, is the fourth production of the 2019 season of the National Opera Company and will be presented at the Palacio de Bellas Artes 
A production made under the stage direction of Luis Miguel Lombana, with Adrián Martínez Frausto as set designer; Laura Rode and Regina Morales in lighting design; with costumes designed by Estela Fagoaga and makeup and hairdressing by Carla Tinoco

With a cast of international stature, includes the Italian tenor Lorenzo Decaro, as Otello; the Cuban soprano Elizabeth Caballero, as Desdemona; the Italian baritone Giuseppe Altomare and the Mexican mezzo-soprano Grace Echauri, in the roles of Iago and Emilia, respectively. The cast is complemented by Andrés Carrillo, Orlando Pineda, Alejandro López, Luis Rodarte and Mariano Fernández; in addition to the participation of the children choir Grupo Coral Ágape. They also participate in the Choir and the Orchestra of Teatro de Bellas Artes; all of them under the baton of the teacher Gavriel Heine.

© Carlos Alvar – Ópera de Bellas Artes de México

This is the penultimate opera by Giuseppe Verdi, composed at 74 years of age and one of the three inspired by works by William Shakespeare, author whom he deeply admired. On this occasion the work in question is The tragedy of Otello, the Moor of Venice, in which intrigue, jealousy and betrayal are the main ingredients that lead the viewer towards the tragic outcome of its protagonists. 

The anecdote is located in Cyprus, where Otello, victorious Moorish general in the service of the Republic of Venice and governor of the place, is a victim of the intrigues plotted by Iago, his lieutenant, resentful for not having been appointed captain. The outcome will result in a tragedy that will cover the palace of the Moor with innocent blood.