In Love with Shakespeare; in Association with DOC FICTORIA Stena Line Dennis O'Neill Is Revelling in Otello Role
Byline: By DAVID POWELL
WORLD famous tenor Dennis O'Neill believes his latest role as Otello is the most demanding in his repertoire.He stars opposite Amanda Roocroft as Desdemona and Chirk's David Kempster as Iago in Verdi's stunning opera, which is performed by the Welsh National Opera in Llandudno next month.
He says: "I have learned over 100 different roles in nearly 40 years.
This is the longest. It's the king of the Italian tenor roles."
Dennis, 60, has become one of the world's leading tenors and a specialist in Verdi's works.
He's sung from Covent Garden to the Sydney Opera House, with top conductors and earned a CBE for his achievements.
In his latest role he plays Moorish General Otello, who is brought down by villainous lieutenant Iago in Verdi's opera, based on Shakespeare's play Othello.
He reveals how he remembers the lines. Taking a break from a session in Rehearsal Room 3, at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre, he says: "Shakespearean plays are very complicated and can take quite a while to absorb.
"I sit at the piano and first of all it's terribly daunting. Then you mark which pieces you're in. Well, in Otello, you're in most of them, so that doesn't help too much.
"Then you work out how it's put together and that starts the memory going. …