Free pre-concert event: Shakespeare400

Free pre-concert event: Shakespeare400

Adapting Othello

6:00 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Dvořák was by no means singular in his artistic attraction to Shakespeare. Othello alone became a virtual obsession in the nineteenth century, and it’s central song The Willow Song - sung by Desdemona as she laments Othello’s inexplicable change of mood - is one of the most well-known and studied songs of the Shakespeare canon. Join Professor Russ McDonald, Goldsmiths, and Professor Clare McManus, University of Roehampton, as they reflect on Othello’s popularity with adaptors and composers, and its role as a lightning rod for perceptions of ethnicity, religion and gender.

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Shakespeare 400

An introduction to the ways in which composers have been inspired by Shakespeare.

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