RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The AAA Northeast Live in HD Series brings Verdi’s "Otello" to The Ridgefield Playhouse at 3 p.m. Friday.
The Met season opened with Verdi’s "Otello," inspired by Shakespeare’s play and matching it in tragic intensity.
Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
Often cited as Italian opera’s greatest tragedy, "Otello" is a union of music and drama. Shakespeare’s tale of an outsider, a hero who can’t control his jealousy, was carefully molded by the librettist Arrigo Boito into a taut and powerful opera text.
For tickets ($25 for public or $20 for members and seniors), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795 or go online.
Free tickets are offered to students 18 and under when ID is presented at the box office.
The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street.
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