Our critics choose their favorites from a politically charged year.
LoftOpera, which brings opera to industrial spaces, presents a different “Otello,” this one by Rossini, with a more fully fleshed-out heroine.
The staging by Bartlett Sher has arresting passages and others that seem not fully worked out. But the cast, led by Aleksandrs Antonenko, excels.
That leading opera houses have continued to use blackface into the 21st century may be more surprising to many people than the news that the Met is ending it.