Shakespeare in concert

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Shakespeare in concert

Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski (1840 - 1893), Dmitri Sjostakovitsj (1906 - 1975), Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

25/02/2014 in Ghent - 27/02/2014 in Antwerp

  • Dmitri Jurowski
  • Zoran Todorovich
  • Judith Howarth
  • Josef Wagner
  • Raffaella Lupinacci
  • Denzil Delaere
  • Musical direction: Dmitri Jurowski
  • Otello: Zoran Todorovich
  • Desdemona: Judith Howarth
  • Iago: Josef Wagner
  • Emilia: Raffaella Lupinacci
  • Cassio: Denzil Delaere

No playwright has ever transposed our theme for next season – fatal attraction – to the stage better than England's greatest writer. And Shakespeare's work is also the theme running through this varied concert. Tchaikovsky drew inspiration from Romeo and Juliet to write his ‘fantasy overture’, a symphonic poem that translates this life-affirming but fatal love story into sound. His love theme, that is still frequently quoted in pop culture, is a sound version of the romantic balcony scene.
In 1964 Dmitri Shostakovich and film director Grigori Kozintsev made the film version of Hamlet of which they had long dreamed. Shostakovich's music paints expressive portraits of the three main characters and gives his musical themes an almost symphonic air. At the time, the New York Times welcomed it with the words, 'a splendid and stirring musical score'. Verdi, in his turn, took inspiration from Shakespeare for Otello, an opera whose ending is just as fatal as its theatrical counterpart. The love duet called 'un bacio’ (a kiss) provides the theme for our selection of excerpts from what is perhaps his most innovative opera.


  • Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893), Romeo and Juliet, fantasy overture
  • Shostakovich (1906 – 1975), Hamlet suite, Opus 116a
  • Verdi (1813 – 1901), from Otello: love duet from act one; act four


Length: 2 h 10 min

Tickets from € 10.00 to € 45.00


The most important Shakespeare parts are performed by Zoran Todorovich (Otello), a master of the Italian opera repertoire, and Josef Wagner (Iago), who has previously also performed brilliantly in serious Italian opera as Assur in Semiramide (2010). Our chief conductor Dmitri Jurowski, will be conducting the soloists and the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders Opera.



'Ave Maria, piena di grazia' / Otello (Verdi)



Introductory talk

45 minutes before the start of each opera performance. Please note: the introductions are only in Dutch.