Eleonora Buratto Headlines Rossini Opera Festival’s ‘Otello’

By Francisco Salazar

The Rossini Opera Festival is set to present Rossini’s “Otello.”

The new production is set to star Eleonora Buratto, who takes on the role of Desdemona a year after her debut as Desdemona in Verdi’s “Otello” at the Liceu in Barcelona.

The new production will be directed by Rosetta Cucchi and conducted by Yves Abel.

In a statement, Buratto said, “From Shakespeare to Rossini and to Verdi, what a change the main characters undergo! In exploring this opera by Rossini I have gained a deeper understanding of its mixed fortunes. Before the Rossini Renaissance, it was almost always overshadowed by Verdi’s opera of the same name. My understanding and love of this opera have been enhanced thanks to this staging by Rosetta Cucchi, perfect in the way it serves the needs of the drama, highlighting how difficult it is for these characters to communicate as they ‘seek emotions that move beyond the story, moving it into a different metaphysical area where each of us can see themselves’ (as Alberto Zedda wrote).”

Buratto is set to star alongside Enea Scala, Evgeny Stavinsky, Dmitry Korchak, Antonino Siragusa, Adriana Di Paola, Julian Henao Gonzalez, and Antonio Garés.

“Otello” opens on August 11 to 20 with the inaugural performance set to broadcast on Radio Rai 3.