DARE. DELIGHT. DEFY.

Tosca

Apr 07, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017

Carol Morsani Hall

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Sometimes rejection feels like a knife in the heart, and no one knows that better than Puccini’s treacherous villain Scarpia when he sets his machinations on the beautiful singer Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi. A masterwork of soaring arias and exquisite duets, Tosca shines as one of the great jewels of the operatic form. Iconic, everlasting, Puccini’s riveting melodrama of escape, pursuit, torture and murder culminates in Tosca’s gripping battle to try to save everything she believes in – art, love and life itself.

Tosca is sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

Meet the Artists

Lisa Houben
(Tosca)
Soprano
Brussels, Belgium
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS:
Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:
Puccini Gala (Leyden & The Hague,
  The Netherlands)
Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana
  (Festival delle Due Lune in Pisa, Italy)
Verdi’s Requiem (Taormina, Sicily)
Aida in Aida (Perpinan Opera, France)
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Cesar Antonio Sanchez
(Cavaradossi)
Tenor
Philadelphia, Pa.
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS:
Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore
   
(New York, Linederkranz Hall)
Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot
    (Tijuana Opera Festival, Mexico)
Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca (Kassel, Germany)
Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata (Bucharest National Opera,
    Romania)
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:  
Misa Criolla (Tenor Soloist) by Ariel Ramirez
    (Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove, Calif.)
Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca (Tijuana Opera
    Festival, Mexico)
Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore (Mexico City, Mexico)
 
Mark Walters
Scarpia
Baritone
Jacksonville, N.C.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS:
Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young
Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS:
Peter in Hansel and Gretel,
    and title role in Don Giovanni  (Seattle Opera)
Pizarro in Fidelio (Opera Omaha and Kentucky Opera)
Scarpia in Tosca and Mark Torrance in The Shining
   
(Minnesota Opera)
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:
Title role in Don Giovanni (Kalamazoo Symphony
    Orchestra)
Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Traverse City
    Symphony, Springfield Symphony Orchestra)
Don Pizaro in Fidelio (Boston Baroque)
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Kevin Thompson 
(Angelotti)
Bass
New York City, N.Y.
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS:
Mephistophélès in Faust
   
(Fundacion Teatro Nacional
    Sucre, Ecuador)
Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem
    Serail (Festival Opera)
Ramfis in Aida (Opera Santa Barbara)
Mozart Requiem (St. Louis Symphony)
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:
Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Hong Kong)
Verdi Requiem (Tallahassee Symphony, Fla.)
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Peter Strummer
(Sacristan)
Bass-baritone
Tulsa, Okla.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS:
Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS:
Title role in The Mikado
    (Kentucky Opera)
Title role in Don Pasquale (Opera Orlando)
Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola (Syracuse Opera)
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:
Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Grand Rapids)
 
Peter Joshua Burroughs
(Spoletta)
Tenor
Washington, D.C.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS:
Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata
Le Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS:
Fernando in Granados’ Goyescas (The In Series,
    Washington, D.C.)
Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos (St. Petersburg Opera)
Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte
   
(Washington National Opera)
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:
Niño Fernando in Lecuona’s Maria La O
   
(Pinar del Río, Cuba)
Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Southern Opera
    Theatre Company)
peterjoshuaburroughs.com
 
Christopher Holloway
(Sciarrone)
Baritone
Tampa, Fla.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS:
Njegus in Lehar’s The Merry Widow
Simone in Puccini’s
    Gianni Schicchi
Wagner in Gounod’s Faust
Figaro (cover) in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS:
Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen (St. Petersburg Opera)
Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
    (Orlando Opera)
Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème (Opera in the Heights,
    Houston, Texas)
Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Naples)
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:
Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (St. Petersburg Opera)
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Franco Rios-Castro
(Jailer)
Bass-baritone
Tampa, Fla.
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS:
Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni,
Dr. Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata,
Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca, and
Don Alfonso in
    Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte
   
(Repertory Opera Company, Pomona, Calif.)
Ferrando in Verdi’s Il Trovatore
    (Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Company)
Conde Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
   
(Assisi Festival, Italy)
 
Louisa
Ramirez-Flynn

(Shepard)
Mezzo-soprano
Tampa, Fla.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS:
Chorus in Romeo and Juliet
Chorus in Don Giovanni
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS:
Soloist in Opera Tampa Year End Celebration Showcas

About The Show

Act I - The Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle
Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, takes refuge in a side chapel of the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle in Rome. An elderly sacristan comes to tidy up, followed by Cavaradossi, a painter, who is at work on a portrait of the Madonna. Cavaradossi compares his Madonna’s blonde-haired, blue-eyed charm with the dark beauty of his lover, the famous diva, Floria Tosca.

Angelotti emerges from hiding to find Cavaradossi, his political ally, who promises to help his friend escape from Rome. Angelotti hides again at the sound of Tosca’s voice from outside. Tosca jealously demands to know why the door was locked. Cavaradossi reassures her of his love.

Once Tosca has gone, Angelotti reappears and he and Cavaradossi plan his flight. A cannon shot from the Castel Sant’Angelo announces the discovery of Angelotti’s escape. They exit. The sacristan enters followed by clerics and choir boys, all excited by rumors of Bonaparte’s defeat. Baron Scarpia, the chief of police, arrives with his henchman Spoletta in search of the escaped prisoner.

Tosca returns, and Scarpia plays upon Tosca’s jealousy in hopes of discovering Angelotti’s whereabouts. When she leaves to seek her lover, Scarpia has her followed. As the crowd intones the “Te Deum,” Scarpia vows to bring Cavaradossi to the gallows and Tosca into his arms.

——— INTERMISSION ———

Act II - Scarpia’s study in the Palazzo Farnese; that evening
Alone at dinner, Scarpia reviews his plot. Spoletta reports that he and his men trailed Tosca to the villa and found no trace of Angelotti, but placed Cavaradossi under arrest. Cavaradossi is brought in and questioned.

Scarpia has sent for Tosca, and she enters as Cavaradossi is taken away to be tortured. Upon hearing his anguished cries, Tosca reveals Angelotti’s hiding place.

Cavaradossi is dragged into the study. His anger at Tosca’s betrayal turns to joy when Sciarrone announces that Bonaparte has actually defeated Melas at Marengo. The enraged Scarpia sends Cavaradossi back to his cell.

Tosca asks the price of her lover’s freedom. Scarpia will accept only Tosca’s submission. Tosca, who has devoted her life to music and piety, asks God why he repays her with such misery.

As she struggles to free herself from Scarpia’s embrace, Spoletta enters with the news that Angelotti has killed himself rather than be arrested. Ashamed, Tosca signals that she will give in to the Baron, on condition that Cavaradossi be set free at once. Scarpia explains that he cannot grant a pardon; he can only release Cavaradossi by faking his death in a mock execution. Tosca demands that Scarpia provide a note of safe conduct for herself and Cavaradossi. While he is writing, Tosca catches sight of a sharp knife on his dinner table and, unnoticed, takes it. Scarpia seals the note, then turns eagerly to embrace the trembling diva.  Enraged, Tosca stabs Scarpia ferociously. Scarpia cries out for help as Tosca curses him. She takes the safe-conduct pass and slips out of the room.

——— INTERMISSION ———

Act III - The Castel Sant’Angelo; dawn of the following day
Soldiers bring Cavaradossi to the ramparts of the fortress. He reflects on his love for Tosca believing he will never see her again.

Tosca rushes in with the note of safe conduct and the story of Scarpia’s violent death. Cavaradossi praises her courage, saying that her gentle hands were not meant for murder. Tosca instructs him in the plan of the feigned execution: after the gunshots, he is to lie still until she gives him a signal. Though she believes the execution to be a farce, Tosca is filled with anxiety as her lover is led before the soldiers.

They fire and Cavaradossi falls to the ground. Tosca whispers to him to remain motionless until everyone has gone. At last she tells him it is safe, but he does not respond. In despair, Tosca realizes Scarpia’s final deceit. She weeps over Cavaradossi’s body as Spoletta and Sciarrone, having found the Baron murdered, burst in to arrest her. Too quick for them, she runs to a parapet and hurls herself to her death.

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