"Arrestingly impressive, edgily unnerving and organised with terrific bravado. It amounted to a theatrical tour de force."
Rupert Christiansen - The Daily Telegraph
"Rarely have I been so moved by an opera performance. More to the point, the tear-streaked faces around me were all sorts of ages and backgrounds. If this art form is to flourish in the future, here is one powerful example of what it might look like."
Kate Molleson - Opera Magazine
"Othello is unforgettable drama: Immersive, thought-provoking and emotionally wrenching. Unmissable."
Richard Bratby - Birmingham Post
Staged in December 2009 in a former chemical works in the heart of industrial Digbeth this was, remarkably, the first professional production staged in the UK with a Black tenor, Ronald Samm, in the title role. The production was also broadcast on BBC Two with a companion documentary about Artistic Director, Graham Vick, called 'Verdi: The Director's Cut'.
More than 500 local people were involved in the making of the Othello and 280 took part in the performances.
Libretto By Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare
English translation by Andrew Porter
Director: Graham Vick
Conductor: Stephen Barlow
Designer: Samal Blak
Choreographer: Ron Howell
Lighting Designer: Giuseppe di Iorio
Birmingham Opera Company Orchestra
Birmingham Opera Company Chorus
Chorus Master: Jonathan Laird
Othello Ronald Samm
Iago Keel Watson
Desdemona Stephanie Corley
Cassio Joseph Guyton
Lodovico Robert Anderson
Emilia Antonia Sotgiu
Roderigo Adrian Dwyer
Montano Byron Jackson