Both Rossini’s Otello and the opera by Verdi which supplanted it after seventy years of dominance of the operatic stage have a Willow Song, a beautiful aria for Desdemona just before she meets her sad demise. But there is more to this particular willow than meets the eye – in fact, it wasn’t a willow at all. Read on for the full story of this operatic misunderstanding.

This content is for Gold Membership (Lifetime Membership) and 1 Week members only.
Log In Register