October 10 | 12 | 14 | 16 (7:30 PM)
October 18, 2015 (2 PM)
Opening Night, October 10th, will be red carpet night.
A FIERY, YOUNG DIVA, FLORIA TOSCA, IS FORCED TO PLAY A ROLE SHE NEVER IMAGINED when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a vicious police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. The explosive triangle comes to a heart-stopping conclusion in one of opera's most intense dramas.
Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.
Robert Tweten, Conductor
Kathleen Clawson, Director
Kara Shay Thomson, Floria Tosca
Dinyar Vania, Mario Cavaradossi
Michael Chioldi, Baron Scarpia
Kevin Nakatani, Cesare Angelotti
Michael Wanko, Sacristan
Utah Opera Chorus
Utah Symphony Orchestra
ACT I. The Kingdom of Naples’ control of Rome is threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Political prisoner Cesare Angelotti has bolted from the Neapolitan prison and fled to his sister’s private chapel in the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. As an aged Sacristan kneels to pray, Mario Cavaradossi enters the church to continue work on his painting of Mary Magdalene...
One hour pre performance, Capitol Room
Prelude lectures by principal coach Carol Anderson offer insights before each Utah Opera production. This introduction includes historical context, musical highlights, and a behind-the-scenes perspective. Preludes are free with your opera ticket and begin one hour before curtain in the Capitol Room.
QUESTION & ANSWER
Post performance, Capitol Room
Do you have questions to ask or comments to share about tonight’s performance and Utah Opera? Please join Christopher McBeth in the Capitol Room after each performance for a Question & Answer session.
In Puccini’s opera Tosca, the first character we meet on-stage is an escaped prisoner. When the painter Mario Cavaradossi recognizes him shortly afterwards, he greets him thus: “Angelotti! The Consul of the defeated Roman Republic!” To quote Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a recent…
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