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Metropolitan Opera - Otello

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December 14, 2018 - January 10, 2019

Then must you speak of one that loved not wisely, but too well

Why See Metropolitan Opera - Otello?

Classical & Opera

I kissed thee ere I killed thee

The drama and the tragedy of Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece returns in this sizzling production from Barlett Sher, first seen in 2015. With Gustav Dudamel making his company debut, handling the baton at all performances, the re-mounting of this heady epic of envy and greed is sure to be a thrilling experience for those seeing it for the first time, or the fortieth.

The story of Otello

A general in the Venetian army, the imposing Othello is aided by his ensign, the villainous and cunning Iago. With a merciless zeal, Iago plots behind the back of his captain, manipulating his emotions for his own gain. When the younger and less experienced Cassio is promoted ahead of him, his attention turns to destroying Othello once and for all, taking away the one thing he holds most dear, his wife Desdemona.

Written by Shakespeare in 1604 and adapted by Verdi in the late 1870's Otello's themes of jealousy, discrimination, racism, and revenge have never stoppered its relevance, marking it as one of the most performed works - in any version- the world over.

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Opening night: 14 December 2018


Suitable for ages 14+

Run time

Three hours with one intermission

And before you stop reading

Act One and Two: 68 minutes Act Three and Four: 75 minutes

Cast and Creative


Hibla Gerzmava/Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona
Aleksandrs Antonenko as Otello
Dimitri Pittas/Alexey Dolgov as Cassio
Zeljko Lucic as Iago
Gunther Groissbock/James Morris as Ludovico


Yannick Nezet-Seguin - Conductor

Adam Fischer - Conductor

Bartlett Sher - Production

Es Devlin - Set Designer

Catherine Zuber - Costume Designer

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