As part of our extracurricular cultural activities, the Honors Program had the pleasure of going to the opera!  On October 14th, the Honors Program accompanied the students in Dr. Will Lee’s Honors INTC course “Shakespeare and the Arts,” going to the Metropolitan Opera to see director Bartlett Sher’s season-opening new production of Verdi’s masterful Otello, an opera performed to an Italian libretto written by Arrigo Boito based on Shakespeare’s play Othello.

Metropolitan Opera
This dramatic production of Italian opera’s greatest tragedy follows Otello, a great hero who cannot control his jealousy and allows himself to be guided by others, and his downfall in what the company called a “miraculous union of music and drama.”
OtelloThe Met Opera’s modern production of this opera involved a cleverly designed moving set by British set designer Es Devlin, in which translucent walls slide between scenes to create different spaces and locations.  Sonya Yoncheva is both visually striking and emotionally charged as the innocent, wronged Desdemona, Otello’s wife.
This powerful, poignant production made for a very enjoyable and thought-provoking evening.  “The thrilling tragedy really drew me in,” reflected Honors student Zachary Katz.  Joshua Kaufman commented, “A scene I remember vividly is when Othello talks to Desdemona and Iago sort of stands atop the walls of the stage set. He is always off to the side somewhere even when he should not be, as his impact is on every scene, always toying with their minds, specifically Otello’s.”

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