Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch
OBERON Shows
March 1, 2016 to March 2, 2016
Othello in the Seraglio
“Brings timeless enchantment to this age-old tragedy…. Gorgeous music…beautifully played and sung.”
Boston Intelligencer

Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful "coffeehouse opera," tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a Black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty - performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller. You have never heard anything like this before – because nothing like it has existed until now.

For more about the project, click here.

Post-show talk with the cast and creators both evenings.

Video: Othello in the Seraglio: 

Othello in the Seraglio

CAST    

The Othello ensemble is directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, with stage direction by Brian Fairley.

               Max Sklar, storyteller 

 Vocalists singing in Italian in Baroque style       

               Camila Parias, soprano

               Michael Barrett, baritone

 Vocalists singing in Turkish in various Turkish styles

               Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, tenor

               Burcu Güleç, alto

 Specialists on 16th-17th century European instruments

               Michael Barrett, lute, recorders

               Carol Lewis, gamba

               Steven Lundahl, sackbut, trumpet, recorders

               Dan Stilman, sackbut, trumpet, dulcian

 Specialists on Turkish instruments

               Beth Bahia Cohen, kemane (spike fiddle), violin, çiftetelli (octave violin)

               Burcu Güleç, kaşık (wooden spoons), parmak zili (finger cymbals), castanets

               Robert Labaree, çeng (Ottoman harp), voice

               George Lernis and Bertram Lehmann, percussion: nekkare (small kettledrums), davul (bass drum), darbuka (hour glass shaped drum), bendir (frame drum), daire (frame drum with bells, gongs, cymbalstalking drum, bombo and kös (large kettledrums)

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, ud (short-necked lute), ney (cane flute), zurna (double reed pipe)

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Ticket prices

$15 - 35

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OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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