The Open-Air Theatre brings Verdi’s most magnificent creation, Otello, an opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, to the open-air stage with world famous soprano Andrea Rost and American tenor Marc Heller playing the leading roles.

Giuseppe Verdi:


open-air opera show

Friday and Sunday, the 29th and 31st of July, 8pm

Margaret Island Open-air Stage

in the original Italian with Hungarian subtitles

When two geniuses meet, the result is certain to be a masterpiece. The tragedy of the Venetian Moorish general, Otello, focuses on jealousy and devotion. Through the story of Otello and Desdemona, one of the most famous couples of all time, the opera tells a dramatic tale about personal and political competition, betrayal and envy. Otello, one of Verdi’s last pieces, embodies a magical union of drama and music. It represents such intensity and sharp-sightedness that even the shorter vocal forms in the opera are capable of conveying dramatic meaning.

After a highly successful run, the Hungarian State Opera House’s production will have its open-air premiere as well as its final staging at the Margaret Island Open-air Stage.The open-air premiere is particularly special because in the role of Desdemona the audience may enjoy world-famous soprano Andrea Rost, while the title role will be performed by Marc Heller, who after charming audiences in Belfast, Barcelona and Salt Lake City, will step on stage for the first time in Budapest.

Verdi’s enchanting music will be conducted by the critically acclaimed young conductor Gergely Madaras, who will lead the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
Presented by the Szabad Tér Theatre together with the Hungarian State Opera House.

Marc Heller
Andrea Rost
Mihály Kálmándy
Judit Németh
Zoltán Nyári
Péter Kiss
Sándor Egri
Ferenc Cserhalmi
Géza Zsigmond

Featuring the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

Stage Director
Set designer
Costume designer
Chorus MasterConductor
Giuseppe Verdi
Arrigo Boito
Ágnes Romhányi
Sándor Palcsó
Attila Csikós
Nelly Vágó
Andrea Kováts
Kálmán StrauszGergely Madaras
László Vámos


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