JAFFREY — London’s Royal Opera House current production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera masterpiece Otello will be shown at the River Street Theatre Sunday and on Monday.
Antonio Pappano conducts the new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera. Otello is Verdi’s final tragedy. After astonishing productivity in his early career, the composer slowed in later life; more than fifteen years separate Otello and its predecessor, Aida, although Verdi revised his earlier works Simon Boccanegra and Don Carlo in the interim. He was lured out of retirement by the composer and librettist Arrigo Boito, who tempted him with a proposal that was very close to Verdi’s heart: Shakespeare’s Othello. Boito adapted the libretto from Shakespeare’s play, with much intervention from Verdi. As the latest utterance from the master of Italian opera, the 1887 premiere was an instant success – but, more than that, Otello has been an important part of the international opera repertory ever since.
Otello was captured live on the London stage in high definition on June 28, 2017. It will be shown at the River Street Theatre at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30pm on Sunday and at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Otello is presented in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets for this River Street Theatre Stage2Screen presentation are $20.00 (students/teachers $15). Advance ticket purchases are encouraged due to the intimate nature of the the River Street Theatre. The box office telephone number is (603) 532-8888 or go to riverst.org/calendar. Tickets can also be purchased at OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.
The River Street Theatre is located at 6 River Street. The Park Theatre operates the River Street Theatre, a small live entertainment and cinema venue located adjacent to the construction site as an interim theatre until the new Park Theatre opens. Opened in January of 2017, the River Street Theatre holds the title of “smallest theatre in New England.”