The first production of Peter Ruzicka’s new administration at the Easter Festival was strictly makeshift.
Jose Cura stepped in for the intended Johan Botha in the title role and Carlos Alvarez for the indisposed Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Iago. Dorothea Röschmann was Desdemona and the costumes were by Lacroix. Thielemann conducted. The audience was subdued.
See Nachrichten headline here.