Next week, the Metropolitan Opera will continue its enchanting summer encores with a broadcast of Verdi’s
. Okay, so it’s not really Shakespeare In The Park but it’s the next best thing in town.
Completed in 1886,
was Verdi’s penultimate opera. Satisfied with the success of his previous work,
, 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
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
, one of Verdi’s most beloved operas.
Reprising one of her earliest and most memorable roles, sopranoRenée
Fleming captivates as Desdemona. Performing alongside her are JohanBotha
in the title role, MichaelFabiano
as the villainousIago
The curtain goes up Wednesday, July9th
at 7 pm at all areaCinemark
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