Met Opera 2018-19 Preview: Stuart Skelton Sings First ‘Otello’ At Met

Sonya Yoncheva Returns To Production She Created In 2015-16

By David Salazar

Verdi’s “Otello” gets a revival at the Metropolitan Opera starting on Dec. 14, 2018. The production will not only feature the debut of famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel but will also see the return of Bartlett Sher’s production.

The cast will be headlined by Stuart Skelton in what will be his fourth role at the Met Opera. He made his debut in 2011 in “Wozzeck” before returning a year later to interpret Siegmund in “Die Walküre.” He would return four years later to open the 2016-17 season as the hero of “Tristan und Isolde” alongside Nina Stemme. He previously performed “Otello” at the English National Opera, at the Bergen National Opera and will also interpret it in Baden Baden.

Appearing as Desdemona will be Sonya Yoncheva. The soprano premiered the production back in 2015 and performed it on eight occasions. Yoncheva has appeared in six different roles at the Met in such operas as “Luisa Miller,” “La Traviata,” “La Bohème,” “Tosca,” and “Rigoletto.” Opening night of this run will be her 52nd performance at the Met. Julianna DiGiacomo will appear in her place for the Dec. 28 performance.

As Iago, Zeljko Lucic will appear in his third run of the role this season. He performed in two separate runs during the 2015-16 season. He recently took on the role of Jack Rance in “La Fanciulla del West,” for which he received strong reviews.