Othello has endured over the centuries and remains compelling in numerous incarnations, including Otello, composer Giuseppe Verdi's operatic adaptation, with an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito. For this evening's concert performance by L.A. Philharmonic, there will be no fancy stage set or elaborate costumes as conductor Gustavo Dudamel focuses on the purity of the music. Even more intriguing, the title character is portrayed by powerful African-American tenor Russell Thomas, who has in recent years collaborated with Dudamel in stirring performances of Tosca and Das Lied von der Erde. Thomas' foreboding intensity will make you forget that you're picnicking in the bucolic, peaceful outdoor amphitheater.
With elements of racism, class, love, violence and jealousy, William Shakespeare's tragic play