Crane Alumna Renée Fleming Stars in 'Otello' at Met Live Oct. 27


From left, Johan Botha in the title role and Renée Fleming as Desdemona in the Metropolitan Opera production of “Otello.”

The Metropolitan Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece “Otello” in the next installment of The Met: Live in HD, premiering on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Crane School of Music alumna Renée Fleming sings one of her greatest roles as the innocent Desdemona in Verdi’s towering tragedy “Otello.” South African tenor Johan Botha sings the title role, one of the most demanding parts in the operatic repertory, with German baritone Falk Struckmann as the treacherous villain Iago. Rising American tenor Michael Fabiano makes his Live in HD debut as Cassio.

Maestro Semyon Bychkov will conduct Verdi’s dramatic masterpiece, which is based on Shakespeare’s play. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the Met’s leading Verdi stars, will host the transmission and conduct backstage interviews with the stars.

Verdi’s “Otello” will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Potsdam’s Roxy Theater. There will be an encore screening at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. The opera will be performed in Italian, with English subtitles. The approximate running time is three hours, including one intermission.

The 2012-13 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas. All productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There will also be encore presentations offered on Sundays locally. For complete information on the season in store, visit

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles, and heighten attention to both performance and production. Intermission features and English subtitles bring the stories to life.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater. You can also reserve tickets online by visiting or

For more information on the 2012-13 The Met: Live in HD season, visit

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and its award-winning opera program, visit

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.