The West Bay Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello” is scheduled to close Sunday in Palo Alto.
A co-production with the Festival Opera Association of Walnut Creek, “Otello” is slated 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.
The opera is Verdi’s faithful take on William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Verdi wrote the piece after being lured out of retirement in 1879 for the express purpose of tackling the work.
West Bay Opera’s three leads – backed by orchestra and chorus – include David Gustafson (starring as Otello), Cynthia Clayton (Desdemona) and Philip Skinner (Iago).
According to WBO representatives, “Otello” is very different from Verdi’s previous operas. This marks the first time WBO has performed the opera since 1969.
José Luis Moscovich serves as conductor and Daniel Helfgot as director. Performances are sung in Italian, with English titles.
The Los Altos Town Crier is a media sponsor of the production.
For tickets ($40-$75) and more information, call 424-9999 or visit www.wbopera.org.