Performance: 'Othello in the Seraglio'
October 14, 2016
UMass Amherst Campus
"You have never heard anything like this before - because nothing like it has existed until now."
“Othello in the Seraglio,” a uniquely powerful "coffeehouse opera," tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy.
Sümbül is a black eunuch in the 17th-century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script by New England Conservatory music historian Robert Labaree, with a stunning score by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, weaves together Italian, Baroque, and Turkish sources with newly composed music to form a tapestry of uncanny beauty.
“Othello in the Seraglio” is performed on both European period and traditional Turkish instruments complementing an ensemble of 12 musicians with arias in Italian, English, and Turkish and a dramatic storyteller.
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