Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago return to Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, May 17, with a performance of Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto is by Arrigo Boito, after William Shakespeare's tragedy. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours.

Jealousy, betrayal, and murder—Shakespeare's drama finds new dimension in Giuseppe Verdi's blazing and revealingly expressive music. Otello seems unbeatable on the battlefield, but he's powerless against his insidious henchman Iago, who convinces him that his innocent wife has been untrue.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Otello is directed by Sir Peter Hall, former director of Britain’s National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, and one of the world’s most revered directors of opera and theater. Bertrand De Billy conducts.

Otello: Johan Botha
Desdemona: Ana María Martínez
Iago: Falk Struckmann
Montano: Anthony Clark Evans
Cassio: Antonio Poli
Rodrigo: John Irvin
Emilia: Julie Anne Miller