NAPLES, 21 NOV – The inauguration of the opera season with Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, directed by Mario Martone (who has transferred the action to the Middle East to the present day) in a sold out theater in San Carlo has been underway for days the German star Jonas Kaufmann with Maria Agresta in the role of Desdemona, soldier wife. With the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, in the royal box the President of the Chamber Roberto Fico. Among those present the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi, the president of the Campania Region Vincenzo De Luca, the Mayor of Naples, and president of the San Carlo Foundation, Gaetano Manfredi, the prefect of Naples Claudio Palomba. They were welcomed by superintendent Stéphane Lissner (in his second ‘first’ of the season at the end of Covid restrictions, after Emma Dante’s La Bohème) and general manager Emmanuela Spedaliere. For the new staging of the Neapolitan opera in co-production with the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, on the podium is Michele Mariotti who conducts the Sancarliana Orchestra and the Chorus prepared by José Luis Basso. Kaufmann will also be Otello in the performances on 24, 28 November, 1 and 4 December, Yusif Eyvazov will perform on 7, 10 and 14 December. Igor Golovatenko is Iago. Completing the cast: Alessandro Liberatore (Cassio), Matteo Mezzaro (Rodrigo), Emanuele Cordaro (Ludovico, the ambassador) Biagio Pizzuti (Montano), Manuela Custer (Emilia, Jago’s wife), Francesco Esposito (A herald). The sets are by Margherita Palli, the costumes by Ortensia De Francesco, the lights are by Pasquale Mari. One hundred university students and students from Campania conservatories were invited together with the rectors and directors to the first thanks to the contribution of Concerto d’impresa. At the San Carlo Verdi’s opera with libretto by Arrigo Boito taken from Shakespeare’s tragedy, arrived as a third stop in the same year 1887 as the first at La Scala, many great tenors who played the title protagonist at the Neapolitan Massimo, from Tamagno to Del Monk. For Jonas Kaufmann it is the first opera ‘on stage’ in Neapolitan opera after the performances in the form of a concert. (HANDLE).