Spring 2019 


Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch

Presented by WBUR

Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script is by NEC music historian Robert Labaree, while the stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty. Othello is performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller.

Location, Date/Time, Price:
March 7, CitySpace, 890 Comm. Ave. Boston, MA,
Pre-concert talk with WBUR’s “On-Point” Producer, Stefano Kotsonis: 6:30pm
Show: 7:00pm
Admission: $20. To purchase tickets please click here



Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch
a coffeehouse opera based on Shakespeare

with an introduction by Helen Greenwald, chair of Music History & Musicology, New England Conservatory

Presented by The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University

Location, Date/Time, Price: 
March 13, Farkas Hall (The New College Theatre), 10-12 Holyoke St. Cambridge, MA, 7:00pm
Free and open to the public; seating is limited. For more info please click here