Why See Metropolitan Opera: Otello?
One of the Metropolitan Opera's season staples, Otello, returns this year Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role, opposite Hibla Gerzmava and Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic as Iago. An annual production by the Metropolitan Opera, this year marks the Italian composer's 200th birthday. One of the Bard's darker stories, Otello explores themes of fidelity, doubt and revenge, with Iago becoming an icon of poisonous evil.
THE STORY OF OTELLO
When the Moorish commander of the Venetian army, Otello returns to his home on Cyprus following a decisive defeat against the Turkish hordes, he is eager to be reunited with his beautiful wife Desdemona. However, his happiness is short-lived when Iago, his subordinate conspires to get his revenge for being passed over for promotion, in favor of the popular and more capable Cassio.
Not content with seeing Cassio dismissed after making a drunken spectacle of himself at the victory feast (thanks to Iago), Iago turns his attentions to Otello's marriage; by blackmailing Desdemona's maid into planting her hankerchief in Cassio's house, and convincing her to plead for Cassio's reinstatement.
All the while he plants surrepticious yet harmful doubts into Otello's mind about his wife's fidelity; things come to a head when the hankerchief is found in Cassio's quarters. Humiliated and convinced of his wife's cheating, he vows to kill her. Will he go through with it and unknowingly fulfill Iago's revenge?
Opening night: 21 September 2015
Suitable for ages 14+
Three hours with one intermission
And before you stop reading
Act One and Two: 73 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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