Recently I saw the simulcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello” from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The simulcast was held at Potomac Yards Theatres on Jeff Davis Highway in Alexandria. The setting was Cyprus in the late 19th Century where the Moor Otello is the governor and his ensign is Iago, who secretly hates Otello. Iago knows that Otello is a very jealous man and concocts a plan to ruin him by planting seeds of distrust between Otello and his wife, Desdemona. As always, the Met’s production was wonderful with an outstanding cast of Aleksandra Antonenko as Otello, Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Zelijko Lucic as Iago. The conductor was Yannick Nezet-Seguin. I encourage you to attend these simulcasts. An added benefit are the backstage interviews during intermission and the camera shots of the opera house and audience. For more information and tickets, check the website at www.fathomevents.com. Tickets are very reasonable.
Rich Massabny is a theatre, arts, & food critic in the nation's capital. He has been quoted in the Washington Post and Washington Times. One of the most visible cable television personalities in the Washington, D.C. area, his celebrity chefs on cooking shows, his weekly reviews and his hour long talk show, reach over 1,000,000 homes.