Othello

Birmingham Opera Company. Argyle Works, Birmingham December 2009
Nominated for the 2010 RPS music award for Opera and Music Theatre
Composer,  Giuseppe Verdi  /  Conductor,  Stephen Barlow  /  Director, Graham Vick  /  Lighting, Giuseppe Di Iorio  /  Choreographer, Ron Howell

 

Reviews:

★★★★★“, an extraordinary spectacle”.
— Richard Morrison, The Times

“Vick and his designers, Samal Blak (set and costumes) and Giuseppe di Iorio (lighting), evoke entirely believable locations for the audience, chorus and non-singing extras — some 250 people … magically simple and rich”
— Hugh Canning , The Sunday Times

“5 out of 5 … This is totally compelling theatre. … Shelving its shoes as if visiting a mosque, the audience makes its way into an industrial cathedral of a performance space, carpeted in blood red. The opera has not begun, but the territory is charted. We step not into the past but the present.”
— Rian Evans guardian.co.uk

“Production designer, Samal Blak, has utilised the vast floor space flexibly, organising the action within squares and oblongs to intensify the impact of different modes of action – private and public, music and movement. … The effect is visually stunning”
— Paula Elenor – The Stirrer