Shakespeare In The Park (Minus The Park)

Shakespeare In The Park (Minus The Park)

Next week, the Metropolitan Opera will continue its enchanting summer encores with a broadcast of Verdi’s Otello.  Okay, so it’s not really Shakespeare In The Park but it’s the next best thing in town.


Completed in 1886, Otello was Verdi’s penultimate opera.  Satisfied with the success of his previous work, Aida, Verdi retreated into retirement until his publisher and newly found librettist cajoled him into entertaining the idea of another, grander project.  After eventually acquiescing to their pleas, Verdi and his librettist settled on what would be Otello.


Revolving around four central characters (Otello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; Desdemona, his innocent new wife; Cassio, a trusted ensign and Iago, who probably needs no explaining), Verdi’s opera is a masterful retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy.  Jealousy, betrayal and murder most foul (sorry, wrong play!) abound in Otello, one of Verdi’s most beloved operas.


Reprising one of her earliest and most memorable roles, soprano Renée Fleming captivates as Desdemona.  Performing alongside her are Johan Botha in the title role, Michael Fabiano as Cassio and Falk Struckmann as the villainous Iago.  Semyon Bychkov conducts.


The curtain goes up Wednesday, July 9th at 7 pm at all area Cinemark theaters.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online here.  Check out this trailer for the production as well.


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About Michael J. Lambert
Native Louisvillian, local musician, School of Music grad. Writing about the classical music scene in our lovely River City. If you have a question or want to debate Wagner, drop me a line on Twitter!
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