Otello, Metropolitan Opera

Presented in Italian, with Met titles in English, German, Italian, and Spanish
Metropolitan Opera, New York City, New York, USA
April 20-May 6, 2016 (performance run began September 2015)

“Italian opera’s greatest tragedy, Otello is a miraculous union of music and drama, a masterpiece as profound philosophically as it is thrilling theatrically. Shakespeare’s tale of an outsider, a great hero who can’t control his jealousy, was carefully molded by the librettist Arrigo Boito into a taut and powerful opera text. Otello almost wasn’t written: following the success of Aida and his setting of the Requiem mass in the early 1870s, Verdi considered himself retired, and it took Boito and publisher Giulio Ricordi several years to persuade him to take on a major new work.”
--description from the Metropolitan Opera website

Metropolitan Opera
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Production: Bartlett Sher
Set Designer: Es Devlin
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Production Designer: Luke Halls

Conductor: Adam Fischer
Desdemona: Hibla Gerzmava
Otello: Aleksandrs Antonenko/Francesco Anile
Cassio: Alexey Dolgov
Iago: Željko Lučić
Lodovico: James Morris

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Funding and Sponsorship:
Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais, Sr.

Selected Reviews and Media Coverage (from the whol 2015-16 run):