September26 2024 (Thu)
7:00 PM


Opera by G. Verdi

Prague State Opera | Opera and Ballet

1 minutes | Available

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Date: September 26, 2024 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: Prague State Opera
Duration: 1 minutes
Status: Available
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Shakespeare (and Boito) and Verdi lead the title hero into an ever-deeper abyss

In Italian, surtitles in Czech, English

The opera opens with a powerful storm scene and the jubilant entry of Otello, commander of the Venetian Navy, who, in spite of all the natural forces, returns to Cyprus to his young wife Desdemonda and announces victory over the Ottoman Empire. The hero, however, makes the fatal error of trusting an evil man. Iago, a ruthless schemer devoured by lust for power, turns Otello’s life into a hell. Lost in his own delusions, Iago’s intrigues drive the feted general to blind jealousy, ultimately resulting in murder. 

Verdi was well aware of the extraordinary quality of Boito’s libretto, the finest he encountered during his career as a composer. He believed that together they had created a masterpiece – and wasn't he just right?

The premiere, on 5 February 1887 at La Scala in Milan, was a triumph, following which Otello set out on its glorious journey around the world. On 7 January 1888, owing to the promptitude of its director, František Adolf Šubert, the opera was staged, in Czech, at the National Theatre in Prague. The State Opera first presented it on 20 December 1911, conducted by Pietro von Stermich.

The new production has been undertaken by the distinguished drama director Martin Čičvák, who has previously gained acclaim at the State Opera with adaptations of Verdi’s opera Macbeth, Paul Abraham’s operetta Ball im Savoy and Dmitry Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.


State Opera Chorus
State Opera Orchestra


  • The purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • There is a screen with subtitles on each seat.
  • One intermission
  • Purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • No discounts are provided. 
  • A co-production with the Slovak National Theatre
  • Theatre is a cultural institution. Please respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.
  • The price includes service fee of 3,7 € (100,- CZK)

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