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Pafos Aphrodite Festival 2012: opens its curtains with the opera "Otello"


 The 14th Pafos Aphrodite Festival has announced it will open its curtains this year with the popular opera “Otello”, composed by famous Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi and performed by the Slovak National Theatre Opera on 7th, 8th and 9th September at the Medieval Castle of Pafos.

 

An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s renowned “Othello”, the plot is set at the Castle of Famagusta in the 15th century, where Othello, governor of Cyprus, returns victorious from the war unaware that two of his men, Iago and Rodrigo, are plotting to destroy him. Iago, wishing to satisfy his own ambitions, defames Othello’s wife Desdemona, convincing him that she is unfaithful to him with his Captain Cassio.  Othello, blinded by jealousy, kills her but soon finds out the truth and unable to bear the burden of what he has done, stabs himself in the end.

 

It is important to note that due to the symbolic connection of this opera with the occupied city of Famagusta, and also to the international acknowledgment of Pafos Aphrodite Festival, this year’s Festival will be held under the auspices of the Cypriot Presidency of the E.U., a fact which adds to the prestige and recognition of the Festival.

 

During the performances there will be simultaneous visual translations in the Greek and English languages via subtitles.

 

For reservations and additional information please contact +357 26822218, the all-Cyprus toll-free number 8000-8005, or visit the website www.pafc.com.cy.