Greek National Opera to Stream Robert Wilson’s ‘Otello’

By David Salazar

The Greek National Opera will present the GNO TV premiere of Verdi’s “Otello” on Nov. 6, 2022.

The opera stars Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role alongside soprano Celia Costea and baritone Tassis Christoyannis. Other cast members include Dimitris Paksoglou, Yannis Kalyvas, Petros Magoulas, Marinos Tarnas, Pavlos Sampsakis, and Violetta Lousta. Stathis Soulis conducts a production directed by Robert Wilson.

“‘Otello’ takes a lot of concentration,” said Wilson in an official press statement issued by the company. “This story is more of an internal conflict, a question of insecurity with someone who is very strong and also very weak. It’s a traditional, tragic, complicated situation. ‘Otello’ is dealing with the question ‘what is it like to be a foreigner?’ One finds these classical conflicts throughout all literature, throughout all history. One can say it is contemporary, but I would rather say it’s full of time. It is not ‘timeless,’ but full of time. We can go back to the 16th century or to the 19th century or we can be in the 21st century – we still have the same old conflicts.”

The opera was filmed on March 2 and 5 when it was presented at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. Audiences can watch the stream with Greek, English, and French subtitles.