2021-22 Classical Season Otello in Concert (Opera)
Dates: May 21-29, 2022 Tickets Available
Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Venue: Mandel Concert Hall Severance Music Center
Event Dates and Tickets
Saturday, May 21, 2022 8:00PM
Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:30PM
Sunday, May 29, 2022 3:00PM
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About the Music
VERDI Otello (complete opera)
Acts I & II
Acts III & IV
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Jealousy, betrayal, and murder… from the opening tempest scene to the spine-tingling finish, Giuseppe Verdi's thrilling operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy crackles with theatrical electricity. When the insidious Iago cleverly exploits Otello's obsessive jealousy, the Moor's innocent wife Desdemona is blindsided in the explosive dramatic friction. A work of overwhelming power and beauty, this musical portrait of Otello's descent into a tortured heart of darkness is explicit in every chilling detail.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Limmie Pulliam, tenor (Otello)* Tamara Wilson, soprano (Desdemona) Christopher Maltman, baritone (Iago) Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano (Emilia) Pene Pati, tenor (Cassio)* Owen McCausland, tenor (Roderigo)* Raymond Aceto, bass (Lodovico) Kidon Choi, baritone (Montano & The Herald)* Cleveland Orchestra Chorus Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus
*Cleveland Orchestra Debut
Physical program books, including large-print versions, will be available at the performance.
Severance Music Center
Severance is Cleveland’s musical home for symphonic music and other presentations, including Mandel Concert Hall and Reinberger Chamber Hall. We are strongly committed to making everyone feel welcome. The doors to Severance open three hours prior to most performances.
Food & Beverage Services
Concessions are available at the following times for Cleveland Orchestra concerts:
- 2 hours prior to concert start: Opus Lounge, Lotus Club, and Smith Lobby
- 1 hour prior to concert start: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, and Box Lobby
- Intermission: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, Box, Ginn Suite
- Post Concert: Opus Lounge
Special Hotel Deal
Create your Cleveland Orchestra getaway by pairing your evening at Verdi’s Otello with a relaxing night at the Double Tree Tudor Arms Hotel!
When you purchase your tickets by calling 216-307-6662 and book your stay at the Double Tree Tudor Arms Hotel within 24 hours, you will receive a 20% ticket discount and 15% off your room rate. Mention the promo word VERDI to get this special rate. This discount is good for Cleveland Orchestra performances of Otello on May 21, 26, and 29.
The most convenient parking option is Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Lot 29 Campus Center Garage. The garage is located directly adjacent to Severance off East Boulevard, and provides stair and elevator access to the hall.
Availability is limited, and pre-paid parking passes for the garage can be added for select performances during checkout.
For more infomation about getting to Severance and where to park, please visit our Directions & Parking page.
Health & Safety
The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating a comfortable, enjoyable and safe environment for our guests, musicians, volunteers and staff.
In partnership with The Cleveland Clinic, we have adopted safety protocols to ensure your visit to Severance Music Center is safe and enjoyable. These protocols are in effect now, and will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health recommendations as we welcome you back to in-person concerts. For up to date information, please bookmark this page and visit before you attend your next performance.
Anyone feeling ill or experiencing symptoms related to a cold or infectious disease is asked to take care of their health and protect others by staying home.
Update as of March 18, 2022
As of March 18, guests will no longer be required wear a mask or show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test. Masks and vaccination against Covid-19 are strongly recommended for all guests attending performances at Severance Music Center.
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
High-touch areas, including countertops, door handles and elevators, are cleaned and sanitized regularly. In addition, seating areas and corresponding lobbies are disinfected with CDC-approved aerosol sprays after each performance. Hand sanitizer stations are provided throughout Severance.
Severance has updated its HVAC filtration and circulation systems to meet the guidelines of local public health authorities and recommendations from the Cleveland Clinic.
Ticket Wallet App (Paperless Tickets)
After purchasing tickets, guests are encouraged to access the free Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Wallet app to gain instant, secure, and paperless access to their reserved concert tickets. For more information, visit our Ticket Wallet page.
Below is a list of the features and services that The Cleveland Orchestra has made available in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance for this concert.
Wheelchair Access & Seating
The venue's seating has reserved special areas for those attending with the use of a wheelchair. These seating options are available during your seat selection across seating price levels. Ushers are available to assist, especially in the event of a General Admission concert.
There is barrier-free entry to Severance with automatic sliding doors at our garage entrance on Lower Level One in the CWRU Campus Center Garage. There is an elevator for wheelchair access in the center of the garage for travelling from Lower Level Two (the lowest level) to Lower Level One (the level of our arrival entrance). The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.
Companion Wheelchair Seating
Wheelchair companion seating is available for purchase online and through Severance Ticket Services. Look for a "C" shape on the seating map when making your selection.
Assistance for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Infrared Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available without charge for most performances in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall. Please request one in advance online or by calling the House Manager’s office. You will be asked to provide a driver’s license or ID card upon arrival, which will be held until the return of the device. Head Ushers can explain how to use the ALD.
Interpretive services may be available for certain events at Severance. Prior arrangements should be made four weeks in advance. Appropriate seat locations may be necessary. TTY line access is available at the public pay phone in the Security Office located at the garage entrance.
Assistance for the Blind or Persons with Low Vision
Large Print Programs are available for most Cleveland Orchestra performances in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall. These are available at the Coat Room locations or from Head Ushers on each level of the Concert Hall, and at Concert Previews.
For select vocal performances, Braille texts may be available on request with 2 weeks’ notice.
Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome at Severance. If you have any questions, please contact the Ticket Office or the House Manager.
All Smith Lobby restrooms are fully accessible. In addition, private family-accessible restrooms are located in the Smith Lobby and off the Dress Circle Lobby.
The Cleveland Orchestra is strongly committed to making our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons. For more information regarding all of our accessibility services, please visit our Accessibility page.