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Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: William Shakespeare's plays and poetry have inspired everything from artwork to movie adaptations. Find out which composers took inspiration from the great playwright, creating some brilliant classical music in its own right.
Based on Shakespeare's 1603 play, Othello, Verdi's adaptation was first performed in Milan's La Scala Theatre in 1887. The similarities between the original play and the opera adaptation are primarily thanks to the excellent Shakespeare-fanatic librettist, Arrigo Boito.
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