Opera North - Otello Reviews
7 July 2020
Ronald Samm (Otello), Elena Kelessidi (Desdemona)
Elena Kelessidi (Desdemona), Ann Taylor (Emilia), Chorus
Elena Kelessidi (Desdemona)
David Kempster (Iago), Michael Wade Lee (Cassio)

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No. of reviews: 12

Swept away by an elemental and electrifying experience
26 Jan 13 / Independent
This Otello is pitifully vulnerable to the lies that will destroy him
20 Jan 13 / Independent on Sunday
The greatest achievement came from the orchestra
20 Jan 13 / The Observer
A storming Otello from Opera North
19 Jan 13 / Seen and Heard
Ronald Samm rapidly found his best form, and it is immense
19 Jan 13 / Opera Britannia
This production is too restrained to be anywhere near the finished article
19 Jan 13 / The York Press
A performance notable for its intense momentum as well as its ear for detail
18 Jan 13 / The Stage
Richard Farnes's conducting, at once detailed and visceral, is outstanding
18 Jan 13 / The Guardian
Ronald Samm uses his physique powerfully and has all the notes in Opera North’s 1940s-set production
18 Jan 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
Verdi's epic chamber piece overpowers after gloomy opening
18 Jan 13 / The Arts Desk
The results aren’t quite as riveting as they could have been
18 Jan 13 / Musical Criticism
Verdi's urgent drama shows that Opera North is back on form
18 Jan 13 / Telegraph
Production details
Kelessidi, Kempster, Lee, Turner, Waddington, Robinson, Taylor, Gibson, Samm
(c) Farnes (d) Albery
Performance dates
16, 24, 30 January, 1, 13, 16 February, 1, 3, 6, 9, 16, 20, 23 March 2013 (Leeds, Salford Quays, Belfast & Nottingham)
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