‘Live in HD’ opera season features ‘Otello’ Oct. 27

Met Opera brings tale of jealousy and murder to CMC in Breckenridge

Otello Fleming and Botha

The New York Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s “Otello” will be simulcast in high definition on Oct. 27 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. Featured in photo are Renée Fleming as Desdemona and Johan Botha in the title role. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The New York Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s Shakespearean drama “Otello” comes to Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge as part of this year’s “Live in HD” simulcasts. Renée Fleming and Johan Botha star in the towering tragedy of jealousy and murder, which will be shown at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Eileen & Paul Finkel Auditorium on campus.

Semyon Bychkov, who led an acclaimed run of performances featuring Botha and Fleming in the 2007-08 season, returns to conduct the opera, regarded by many critics as Verdi’s dramatic masterpiece. Botha appears in the title role, and Fleming is Otello’s innocent wife, Desdemona.

Botha first took on this demanding role in 2008, under Bychkov’s baton. Fleming first sang Desdemona at the Met in 1994, and it has become one of Fleming’s most popular and acclaimed interpretations.

The local simulcast is presented in high definition through a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge. “The Met: Live in HD,” simulcast live from New York, is now seen in more than 1,900 movie theaters in 63 countries around the world.

A generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation, makes “The Met: Live in HD” series possible. Bloomberg provides global corporate sponsorship, and the HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers.

Admission to the HD showing of “Otello” is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and Met members, and $10 for students and children under 16. More information is available at 453-5825, Cecile@nromusic.com or www.nromusic.com.

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