Backstage at the Opera

Making it Real

Posted by Opera Gal in Productions, Tosca

Like many opera composers in the late 19th century, Giacomo Puccini aimed for a greater ‘truth in theatre’ than had existed in operas of the past century. The established bel canto opera tradition of the time included all kinds of conventions that resulted in operas focused more on the technical abilities of…

Tosca: Director’s Notes

Posted by Utah Opera in Online Learning, Productions, Tosca

When asked to write notes, directors usually comment on their concept or “take” on the piece. I am not shy about re-thinking the time or place of an opera to provide a fresh way of experiencing a work, but Puccini’s masterpiece needs no such re-thinking. The story, based on a…

Q & A with Michael Chioldi

Posted by Opera Gal in Productions, Program Notes, Tosca

How were you first introduced to opera?  Growing up in an Italian-American family outside of Pittsburgh, PA, I can remember my grandfather Guglielmo listening to the Texaco Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. The Chioldi family originates from Parma, Italy, and carries a very old Italian name. The Chioldis worked on facades of churches…