VERDI’S OPERA OTELLO PREMIERES ON 22 NOVEMBER, ON THE DAY OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE IN BELGRADE
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Otello, under the baton of Ana Zorana Brajović/ Đorđe Pavlović and directed by Paolo Baiocco, Italian guest artist, will premiere on the Main Stage on 22 November, on the Day of the National Theatre in Belgrade.
The title role, Otello – a Moorish general, will be interpreted by Dušan Plazinić (in alternation with Janko Sinadinović) who will mark two decades of his career with the role.
The cast: Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović/ Marija Papajoanu (Desdemona), Miodrag D. Jovanović/ Dragutin Matić (Iago), Ljubica Vraneš/ Svetlana Nestorov (Emilia), Nenad Čiča/ Marko Živković (Cassio), Slobodan Živković/ Danilo Stošić (Roderigo), Sveto Kastratović/ Strahinja Đokić (Lodovico), Ljubodrag Begović/ Pavle Žarkov (Montano) and Gavrilo Rabrenović/ Predrag Gligorić (A Herald).
Orchestra and Choir of the Opera of the National Theatre in Belgrade also take part in the production.
Stefan Zekić and Đorđe Stanković are assistant conductors.
Ana Grigorović and Aleksandar Nikolić are assistant directors..
Olga Mrđenović designs the costumes and Nevenka Vidak designs the sets.
Otello, an opera in four acts, had its world premiere in Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 5th February 1887. Arrigo Boito wrote the libretto for the opera based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name.
The first performance of this opera in the National Theatre in Belgrade took place on 12th December 1928; it was conducted by Ivan Brezovšek and stage directed by Zdenko Knitl.
In the meantime, the opera had five more openings – 1 July1953 (Krešimir Baranović (conductor)/ Josip Kulundžić (stage director), 16 November 1960 (Krešimir Baranović / Mladen Sabljić), 9 October 1985 (Kornel Trailesku/ Dejan Miladinović), 25 June 1988 (Nikolaj Žličar/ Mladen Sabljić) and 19 October 1993 (Jovan Šainović/ Borislav Popović).