Fleming, after what I heard to be a somewhat timid vocal start, soon warmed superbly to Desdemona's role demands, both vocally & dramatically. Botha, in my opinion, handled the vocal requirements of the title role with significant skill; but, his acting level, other than graphic facial expressions, left much to be desired, especially in this day of a number of excellent operatic "singing actors" like Fleming, Netrebko, Dessay, Diego-Flores, Mattila, Keenlyside, Kwiecien, and others. Botha needs to move beyond the outdated "stand-and-sing" modus of yesteryear! Struckmann, too, was expertly and appropriately but "deliciously" dramatic as the evil Iago. The production, altho' now some 18 years old, is still visually beautiful and aptly shadowy.