HOUSTON, TX (September 23, 2012)

The Houston premiere of Rossini’s Otello opens at Opera in the Heights on Thursday, September 27 with quite a different twist on several fronts.

Stage Director Erica Miller points out that in contrast to Shakespeare’s play, “the plot is radically different and minimized, almost to the point of being unrecognizable.” She added that “at some points, the storyline resemblesRomeo and Juliet more than Othello.”

Noting that all the characters share the quality of being headstrong and quick to resort to violence, Ms. Miller decided to move the setting of the opera to the world of the mafia in Venice in 1985 when organized crime was thriving there. The stage action now focuses more on the relationships among the characters than the original historical plot.

Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo designed the all-Shakespearean season. He prepares and conducts the orchestra and works closely with all the artists to bring full expression to the opera.

Erica Miller will direct the stage action, C. Vincent Fuller prepares the chorus, Rachel Smith is the set designer, Dena Scheh designs the costumes, and the stage lighting is done by Kevin Taylor.

Performance dates are September 27, 28, 29, October 4, 5, 6, and 7 (matinee). Single ticket prices are $25-$55, senior tickets are $21-$47, and student tickets are $10 anytime in designated areas.

Opera in the Heights, a professional regional company, exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm and the matinee at 2:00 pm at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. in the Houston Heights. For tickets, please visit or call 713-861-5303.


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Laurie Hewett