A scene from Act III of Otello

Vallarta Lifestyles’ Managing Editor, Paco Ojeda, has volunteered to offer free introductory lectures, in English and Spanish, to complement the Live in HD opera broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera in New York, now available in Puerto Vallarta at Teatro Vallarta. The first opera to be featured will be Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, to be broadcast this coming Saturday, October 27, at 12 pm, with Spanish subtitles.

“As a child, I remember watching Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts on TV and always appreciated the explanations that preceded the broadcasts,” remarked Ojeda, who has been traveling to Guadalajara's Teatro Diana for the past three MET opera seasons, and unbeknownst to many, received a bachelor’s degree in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and further studies in choral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music. “It is my hope that offering introductory lectures here in Vallarta will help local audiences connect with these amazing broadcasts.”

 Renée Fleming & Johan Botha

This all-new production of Verdi’s towering masterpiece, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, makes its first Captured Live in HD appearance. 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.

Ojeda will offer a brief introduction to opera, helping audiences learn what to expect from the Met broadcasts, and also an insight into the plot of Verdi’s penultimate opera, performed for the first time at La Scala, Milan, in 1887. The 30-minute lecture will be offered in English from 10:40 to 11:10 am, and in Spanish from 11:15 to 11:45, preceeding the 12 noon broadcast.

Tickets for Otello and the remainder broadcasts are $250 per person, $150 for students and teachers, available now at Teatro Vallarta’s box office.