Met Opera: Verdi’s Otello

Shakespeare’s Moor- a fate intensified by the emotive power of music In 1901, George Bernard Shaw, the acerbic Irish critic, opined that “for the truth is that instead of Otello being an Italian opera written in the style of Shakespeare. Othello is a play written by Shakespeare in the style of Italian opera.” The 40-year-old Othello, the hero of Shakespeare’s …