Johan Botha sings the title role in the San Francisco Opera's 2009 production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello." Soprano Zvetelina Vassileva portrays Desdemona. Courtesy photo


Mondavi screens SF Opera’s production of Verdi’s ‘Otello’

By From page A7 | April 02, 2014

The Mondavi Center will screen a high-definition broadcast of the San Francisco Opera’s 2009 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7.

Composed in 1887, and based on the famous Shakespeare tragedy, the opera tells the story a great warrior brought low by his own jealousy.

South African tenor Johan Botha, who was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “endowed with a bright, ringing sound and enough power to project effortlessly even over a full-strength orchestra,” sings the title role.

Bulgarian soprano Zvetelina Vassileva portrays Desdemona, the faithful wife who finds facts are no match for manufactured suspicion; San Francisco Classical Voice said she “sings with flawless, rich Italianate sound and graceful phrasing.”

Tickets are $20 general, $10 for UC Davis students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

Enterprise staff

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