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Jago: Unconditional Love of an Abused Child Redeems Hardened Criminal


Can the unconditional love of an abused child redeem the soul of a heartless criminal?

The American premiere of “Jago”, sequel to Verdi’s “Otello” took place on May 30, 31 and June 1, 2013 at the Media Theatre in Media, PA. The cast featured Sharon Zhai, winner of The 2nd International Lyric Competition “Città di Saluzzo”, held in Italy in November 2012. It also starred Galen Scott Bower in the title role, with Thomas DeHorney in the double role of Otello/Gedick, Italian tenor Paolo Antognetti as Hassan and The Warden, and 13 year-old Philadelphia boy soprano, Graeme Brown, as little Kasim.

On the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, International Opera Theater was proud to bring this opera to the US for its American premiere: based on an original story by Karen Saillant, the opera takes place twenty years after the end of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and interweaves re-imagined musical flashbacks from Verdi’s “Otello” and original music by Italian composer, Carlo Pedini.

Karen Saillant – Stage DirectorDesdemona
Gianmaria Griglio – Conductor

To view photos from world premiere of “JAGO” in Teatro degli Avvaloranti, Citta’ della Pieve, in 2009, please click here.

Photo of Carlo Pedini taking bow by: Cinthia Costa
All other JAGO photos by Ornella Tiberi