Discovering Opera - Otello30 November 2011 by Cristina
Otello Presented by Cristina Burns.
Otello opera by Guiseppe Verdi based on the play Othello by William Shakespeare.
Otello is a dark-skinned African Muslim (a "Moor") who is a high-ranking and hot-tempered general in the army of Venice, Italy. Cassio is Otello's trusted lieutenant. Desdemona is Otello's girlfriend, whom he marries early in the story. Iago is a deviously sly soldier in Otello's army; he is jealous and bitter and wants to destroy Otello, because Otello has chosen Cassio to be his lieutenant instead of choosing Iago. Roderigo is another soldier who Iago easily manipulates to do his bidding.