A new stage in the assembly incorporates a total of 85 beds
A new production of Othello, opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi and the tenor Jose Cura in the title role, comes the next day 21 to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, with an impressive staging that plays a refugee camp and incorporating on stage a total of 85 beds. With this play, directed by Andreas Kriegenburg and the musical direction of Philippe Auguin, lyric institution Barcelona starts the year Shakespeare, who in February combine this piece with Rossini’s version, which will play Gregory Kunde in concert .
It is also planned that I Capuleti ei Montecchi, Bellini, based on Romeo and Juliet see in May and June with a scenic proposal Vincent Boussard and the musical direction of Riccardo Frizza. The artistic director of the Liceu, Christina Scheppelmann, accompanied by Philippe Auguin, the Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho, representing Desdemona, and co-director of scene, Claudia Gotta, presented this afternoon the work, which has been framed in this year’s Shakespeare, right when they met 400 years of his death.
Gotta have revealed that, six years ago Kriegenburg started thinking about directing Othello, he saw the work the theme of war was essential and even influenced all relations that exist between the different characters, whether between Othello and Desdemona, whether between Othello and Iago. But as in the stage of a theater is more difficult to show a battle in the film, in the end he opted to “show the results of the war, including refugee camps,” a very topical issue today but not six years ago, when this project was conceived. “The reality has been behind the art,” he asserted Gotta.
On this occasion, therefore, Othello will move between the beds of a refugee camp, but “the story is the usual” with a protagonist who is an authoritarian, able to control every man, although shown unsafe in your life Private, which it will use Yago. Desdemona and Emilia become volunteers in the field and the rest of the characters will be confined there after the war.
Moreover, in this opera produced by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, they have a major role Cor Children Friends of the Unió de Granollers, led by Josep Vila and the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. In the case of children, Gotta commented that remain on stage throughout three acts because “Andreas Kriegenburg wanted to show how it can affect younger, both by good people as by the very poor” .
The soprano Ermonela Jaho, debuting as Desdemona, has acknowledged that, when it starts work and go to the children’s choir singing, he “shed tears because they make a very powerful work,” without forgetting that “music is a language universal, capable of transmitting the power of the most powerful or feelings like envy and love. ” The musical director, Philippe Auguin, stressed that Verdi organized everything “to maximize the intonation of the text,” seeking all “tempos and interventions of the orchestra were ideal to highlight the role of the word.”
In his view, Verdi gives also the impression of steady drive, “that nothing is ever to until the end of the play” and has made no secret that he has tried to “not destroy anything that Verdi wanted to express” . Further he believes that the Italian makes the public “with music from the brain of the characters,” while relaxing moments alternating with more romantic, “aware that two hours of climax can not endure.”
The work, which will run until the 7th of February, will have to José Cura as a protagonist in some functions, but also give voice to Othello Carl Tanner and Marc Heller, while Desdemona, plus Jaho, will be performed by Maria Katzarava. In the role of Yago they intervene Marco Vratogna and Ivan Cassio will Inverardi and Alexey Dolgov; Vicenç Esteve Madrid will Roderigo; in the role of Ludovico Roman Ialcic will complete the cast and Olesya Petrova (Emilia), Damian del Castillo (Montano) and Ivo Mischev and Gabriel Slides (heralds).
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona