Puccini thriller full of passionWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking to put a little passion back into your nightlife? If so, the Toledo Opera’s latest production may be just the ticket.
Hailed as Puccini’s greatest creative accomplishment, “Tosca” tells of the beautiful opera singer, Floria Tosca, who finds herself torn between the painter she loves and the loathsome chief of police who holds her lover’s fate in his hands. “Tosca” is based on Victorien Sardou’s play “La Tosca,” which was written as a star vehicle for the famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt. In the translation from play to opera, the action was tightened and most of the political motivation was cut.
Although Floria Tosca is supposed to be a beloved Roman opera star, in reality it had been illegal for women to appear on the operatic stage in the papal capital from the seventeenth century until 1798 — about three years before moralistic revolutionaries banned the castratos when the Roman Republic took over in 1798. After the fall of the Republic in 1799, the castratos returned, but the women stayed, allowing singers like Floria Tosca to make their Rome debuts.
Starring as Floria Tosca is soprano Fabiana Bravo. Bravo made her professional debut in 1996 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia after winning the fifth Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. Since then, she has appeared with Central City Opera as Mimi in “La Bohème” and Cio-Cio-San in “Madama Butterfly” with both Dallas Opera and San Francisco Opera. In 2001, she joined the roster of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Bravo previously sang “Tosca” in Shanghai, China.
“A lot of factors went into choosing this piece; it was like making a meal — we wanted something with a lot of variety, also ‘Tosca’ hasn’t been done in Toledo for eight years, and it was just time,” said Toledo Opera Artistic Director Renay Conlin.
Maestro Thomas Conlin is conducting the production. David Gano designed the sets and lighting. The Stage Director is Lorna Haywood. Maestro Conlin most recently conducted the Toledo Opera’s production of “From Russia With Love.”
“Tosca” runs at 7:30 p.m. May 4, and 2 p.m. May 6. Single ticket prices begin at $25 and may be purchased online at www.toledoopera.org or by phone at (419) 255-7464. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
On the web go to www.toledoopera.org for more information