"The Met: Live in HD" Series Continues at the Clark with Otello

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

 

Williamstown, MA—On Saturday, October 27 at 12:55 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air a live broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s towering masterpiece Otello. Based on Shakespeare’s tragic play, Otello makes its first appearance in the popular “The Met: Live in HD” series.

Running time is approximately 3:27. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and can be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0638.

Semyon Bychkov conducts an extraordinary cast led by Johan Botha in the title role of the jealous Moor of Venice, opposite Renée Fleming in one of her greatest roles, Otello’s innocent wife Desdemona. Falk Struckmann sings Iago, Otello’s disloyal ensign, and Michael Fabiano is the captain Cassio.

Otello has captured audiences since its 1887 premier at the renowned La Scala opera house in Milan. Rage, jealousy, and vengeance are explored in the four-act opera, which is widely considered to be Verdi’s greatest work.

“The Met: Live in HD,” the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 60 countries. Since its creation in 2006, the program has grown every season, with more than 10 million tickets sold to date. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold this season alone.

“Our live transmissions continue to transform the public’s perception of opera and to excite our performers and our audiences around the world,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “For our entire company, there is nothing quite like one of our adrenaline-packed Saturday matinee broadcasts.”

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar listing

October 27: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air a live broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s towering masterpiece Otello. Based on Shakespeare’s tragic play, Otello makes its first appearance in the popular “The Met: Live in HD” series. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students). For tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0638. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACT:
Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471
apowers@clarkart.edu


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