Opera Scotland

Otello 1892Carl Rosa Opera Company

Read more about the opera Otello

Verdi's supreme late tragedy here received its first performances in Scotland. It seems that Zélie de Lussan, having caught cold the previous week on the train down from a command performance at Balmoral, had only just recovered in time. 

For the first performance, Glasgow's Theatre Royal "was quite filled in all parts" and the Herald reviewer commented that "we cannot speak in terms of unqualified praise", saying that although de Lussan sang as well as ever, her conception of the part 'lacked gentleness and grace'.

But the other principals were generally praised, Miss Meisslinger too, and "the opera was mounted with requisite scenic fullness"

Performance Cast

Montano predecessor of Otello in Cyprus

Lempriere Pringle

Cassio Otello's lieutenant

Rhys Thomas

Iago Otello's ensign

Alec Marsh

Roderigo a Venetian gentleman

Mr P Somers

Otello a Moorish general, Venetian Governor of Cyprus

Barton McGuckin

Desdemona Otello's wife

Zélie de Lussan

Emilia Iago's wife and Desdemona's companion

Luise Meisslinger


Mr Jupp

Lodovico envoy of the Venetian republic

Bowman Ralston

Performance DatesOtello 1892

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 Nov, 19.30

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

29 Nov, 19.30

© Copyright Opera Scotland 2024

Site by SiteBuddha