Never has Giuseppe Verdi composed revenge, intrigue and jealousy fierier and more diabolical than in his late opera Otello. One of the greatest love stories in literature – Otello is the second of Verdi’s three Shakespeare operas – fails brutally, cruelly and senselessly. With the title role of Otello, Jonas Kaufmann takes on what is probably the most demanding part of his vocal register He is “in splendid form” (Kronen Zeitung) and “has sung his way into the Olympus as an interpreter of Otello” ( with this performance. Baritone Ludovic Tézier “is unrivalled as Lago” (Kurier). “This baritone’s attacks are like acts of tonal violence, his legato mischief clever manipulations. A devil on earth.” (Der Standard) Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen is “a Desdemona to fall in love with” (Die Presse) with “a voice to kneel down to, with a timbre that captivates” ( Adrian Noble’s staging moves the action to circa 1900, stripping it of its historical context. Emphasizing the inner world of the main character and his emotional disintegration, his Otello becomes “a psychological thriller” (

Additional Info

  • No: A04050356
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor: Alexander Soddy
  • Orchestra: Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
  • Artists: Jonas Kaufmann, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Ludovic Tézier, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
  • Production year: 2023
  • Director: Stage Director: Adrian Noble
  • Producers: Wiener Staatsoper, ORF III, UNITEL
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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