Rossini’s famous masterpiece “Othello” is returning to La Scala in Milan after 145 years. The opera, which premiered in 1816 to huge success in Naples was composed more than 70 years before Verdi’s version. Rossini’s “Othello” is only loosely based on the Shakespearean tragedy.
Juan Diego Flórez, who is performing the role of Rodrigo, was quick to show his admiration for Rossini.
“I adore Rossini. His music is like champagne, said the Peruvian tenor. “ He wrote for specific singers and we in a way have to get into their shoes.”
Flórez, who is considered to be the best Rossini tenor of his generation, added that his dream would be to journey back in time and meet the Italian composer in person.