Joining the Broadway actors will be Metropolitan Opera singers Andrzej Dobber, Dmitri Pittas, Olivia Gorra, Raúl Melo and Courtney Mills. Cerveris and Rose will read scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Macbeth, while their Met counterparts perform arias by Verdi and Gounod inspired by the Shakespeare plays. Craig Rutenberg will accompany the Met singers. Former RSC artistic director Adrian Noble, who is also slated to helm Verdi's Macbeth for the Metropolitan Opera in October, will narrate the evening.
Anika Noni Rose earned a Tony award for her performance in Caroline, or Change. Most recently, she starred as Lorrelle Robinson in the hit film remake of the musical Dreamgirls. The award-winning actress will star opposite fellow Tony winner Christopher Plummer in the upcoming Stratford Theatre Festival production of Caesar and Cleopatra, directed by Des McAnuff.
Michael Cerveris, set to star in Shakespeare's Cymbeline on Broadway this November, delivered a Tony-winning performance in the Broadway production of Assassins. His additional Broadway credits include Lovemusik, Sweeney Todd and Titanic.
Shakespeare Goes to the Opera will begin at 6:30 PM at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, located on East 68 Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. A limited amount of tickets, priced at $25-$40, are available by calling (212) 772-4448.
For further information visit www.shakespeareociety.org.