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Christian Badea conducts for the first time at the Bucharest National Opera an exceptional cast in Verdi’s Otello, on June 8 and 11, 2022


The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) presents Otello by Giuseppe Verdi, in two extraordinary performances that will take place on June 8 and 11, 2022.

This is the first time that a series of shows from ONB benefits from the presence of a quartet of exceptional artists invited to Bucharest.

Tenor Arsen Soghomonyan is invited to play the role of soprano Hrachuhí Bassénz as Desdemona, while Iago will be played by baritone Vladislav Sulimsky in a production signed by Giancarlo del Monaco.

Christian Badea he has directed hundreds of shows in major opera houses on all continents, throughout a career that continues for four decades. At the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Sydney Opera or the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, his vast repertoire of over 100 titles from Gluck and Mozart to Shostakovich and Barber focuses on the great masterpieces of Verdi, Puccini or Wagner. Otello has often been part of this repertoire, for which he has always received acclaim from the public and the press.

The three soloists invited for the lead roles represent the new wave of the world’s top opera singers.

Arsen Soghomonyan (Otello) has a well-established reputation in the repertoire of spinto-dramatic tenor at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper München or Berliner Philharmoniker. He made his Covent Garden debut as Don José of Carmen, soon to take on the role of Otello, which he sang in concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Zubin Mehta, a role that became his vocal signature. Arsen Soghomonyan comes to Bucharest immediately after a series of shows with Otello at the Bayerische Staatsoper München.

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Hrachuhí Bassénz (Desdemona) debuted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London with Adriana Lecouvreur, followed by Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra. The presence of the soprano in Bucharest is followed by a series of performances in the role of Desdemona from Otello, which she will also perform next month at Covent Garden.

Vladislav Sulimsky (Iago) comes to Bucharest after a series of very successful shows with the Lady of Spades held at the Baden Baden Festival, with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Kirill Petrenko. After his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper München in 2019, as the Moonlayer in Il trovatore, and the series of performances with Otello at the Wiener Staatsoper, he is regarded as one of the most important Verdi baritones on the international stage. After the performances in Bucharest, Sulimsky will make his debut at the Paris Opera and the Concertgebouw.

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The cast is completed by Mihaela Işpan (Emilia), Liviu Indricău (Cassio), Andrei Lazăr (Roderigo), Filip Panait (Lodovico) and Iustinian Zetea (Montano), together with the Bucharest National Opera Orchestra and Choir.

Tickets (starting from 25 RON) can be purchased here and at the Ticket Office of the Bucharest National Opera.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

Giuseppe Verdi: Othello
Libretto by Arrigo Boito, after William Shakespeare’s play Othello

Conductor: Christian Badea

Hotel: Arsen Soghomonyan
Desdemona: Hrachuhí Bassénz
Iago: Vladislav Sulimsky

Emilia: Mihaela Ispan
Cassio: Liviu Indricău
Roderigo: Andrei Lazăr
Lodovico: Filip Panait
Montano: Justinian Zetea

Bucharest National Opera Orchestra and Choir (choirmaster: Daniel Jinga)
Direction, set design and lighting: Giancarlo del Monaco
Costume: Stella del Monaco, costume assistant: Ricardo Coelho
Assistant director and resumption supervision in the 2021/22 season: Alex Nagy

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