Most of us read Shakespeare plays at school. It was decades ago that I studied this dark story exposing the depths of evil and destructiveness of jealously. To see it so brilliantly presented through exquisite and haunting music was both thrilling and draining. Rene Fleming always amazes and her irresistible portrayal of innocence and strength was balanced by fabulous central characters and a remarkable chorus and orchestra. Iago was so real and downright scary, that you forgot he was a character being 'played' by a fine singer and excellent actor.