Saturday, January 27 - 9:55am

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Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and Željko Lučić as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Andris Nelsons conducts.

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.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.


Sponsored by Francesca Fairbrother and Barbara Murphy

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.