· Mr. Dudamel, acclaimed music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, appears for the first time at the Met
· Stuart Skelton sings his first Met Otello, and Sonya Yoncheva and Željko Lučić reprise their portrayals of Desdemona and Iago
· Otello’s librettist, Arrigo Boito, features prominently in the Met’s season—he is the composer and librettist of Mefistofele (November 8 to December 1) and also the librettist of Verdi’s Falstaff (February 22 to March 16)
New York, NY (November 12, 2018)—The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s towering Shakespearean masterpiece Otello, with performances December 14, 2018, to January 10, 2019. Otello marks the Met debut of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who over the last decade has transformed the Los Angeles Philharmonic into one of the most closely watched classical ensembles in the world. Starring in the title role of Shakespeare’s doomed Moor is Stuart Skelton, with Sonya Yoncheva as the devoted Desdemona and Željko Lučić as the treacherous Iago. The cast also features Jennifer Johnson Cano as Emilia, Alexey Dolgov as Cassio, and Met stalwart James Morris as Lodovico. Julianna DiGiacomo sings the role of Desdemona on December 28.
Otello Radio and Online Broadcasts
The December14, January 5, and January 10 performances of Otello will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75. The January 5 performance will be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, and the December 14 and January 10 performances will also be streamed live on the Met’s web site, metopera.org.