Tosca 2018-2019

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A three-act opera by Giacomo Puccini, Tosca premiered in Rome in January 1900. A melodramatic opera set in Rome in 1800, it’s playing at the Met from October 25 to April 6, starring Sondra Radvanovsky and Jennifer Rowley as the title character while tenor Joseph Calleja plays Cavaradossi in Sir David McVicar’s production. Meanwhile, Carlo Rizzi conducts. Tosca is an iconic, melodious and dramatic work which follows the story of Tosca, a celebrated singer who is desperate to save her lover’s life. There are few operas which are as famous as Tosca in the eyes of the general public, and this production will suit all spectators.
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TOSCA – season 2018-2019

Sir David McVicar’s “smashing new production” is “a grand triumph” (Huffington Post), offering a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo, Yusif Eyvazov, and Najmiddin Mavlyanov alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Željko Lučić and Michael Volle as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume and Bertrand de Billy share conducting duties.

Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr; The Paiko Foundation; and Dr. Elena Prokupets, in memory of her late husband, Rudy Prokupets

Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900. Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.[1]

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