Guanqun Yu returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for her signature role of Desdemona from Verdi’s Otello. Ms. Yu made her successful debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2013 as Desdemona, filling in for a colleague last minute. Next season she will reprise the role twice: at the Staatsoper Hamburg, and at the Opernhaus Zürich.

Performances take place on June 8, 14 & 20; Paolo Arrivabeni conducts the Choir and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Ms. Yu shares the stage with an esteemed cast, including Russell Thomas in the title role, George Gagnidze as Iago, Ronnita Miller as Emilia, Attilio Glaser as Cassio, Burkhard Ulrich as Roderigo, Ievgen Orlov as Lodovico, Derek Welton as Montano, and Paull-Anthony Keightley as Herald. The production is directed by Andreas Kriegenburg, with set design by Harald Thor, and costumes designed by Andrea Schraad.

Production description:

“Andreas Kriegenburg portrays the story of Verdi’s Otello as a drama depicting the fatal break-up of a great love in a society conditioned by war. One of literature’s greatest love stories is doomed to failure – as with all other great love stories of literature: brutal, barbaric and futile.”