Verdi's Otello to be opening opera at Winspear

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by By GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on October 14, 2009 at 1:43 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 14 at 7:20 PM

OTELLO AT WINSPEAR

Gary Cogill reports

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DALLAS - The AT&T Performing Arts Center is all abuzz with a number of opening night productions set to open, including the first opera to be performed in the Winspear Opera House.

The eyes and ears of the opera world will be on Dallas a week from Friday when the Winspear Opera House opens its doors to do what it set out to do, produce operas.

The first event is a wise, confident choice written in the late 1800s by Giuseppe Verdi.

Otello was Verdi's next to last opera that premiered in Milan, Italy in 1887. It was also considered his best and most mature, which is saying a lot considering he also composed Rigoletto and La traviata.

The three-act opera is based on Shakespeare's magnificent stage tragedy Othello, written in the early 1600s about the Moorish general of a Venetian Army, his wife Desdemona and his not-so-trusty assistants. The Oscar-nominated film version from 1965 starred Laurence Olivier.

Advance word is the acoustics inside the Winspear are some of the finest in the world.

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