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Tosca

Hatched during a tumultuous time—at the end of the 18th Century when Italy was overrun by foreign powers and political intrigue lurked in every shadow—the story of Tosca remains one of the most dramatic and popular operas in the world. We see why in Opera Colorado's stunning production.

Sondra Radvanovsky as Tosca
Sondra Radvanovsky as Tosca
Photo by Matthew Staver
World-class vocal performances by soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Tosca, a renowned and beautiful singer, tenor Antonello Palombi as her lover, Cavaradossi, a gifted painter, and baritone Greer Grimsley as Scarpia, the evil chief of police.

The lavishly detailed sets, originally created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Opera and the reopening of the War Memorial Opera House, reproduce the grandeur of the famous Roman settings where the action takes place.

Antonello Palombi as Cavaradossi
Antonello Palombi as Cavaradossi
Photo by Matthew Staver


Radvanovsky is a fine actress as well, anchoring Tosca's hyperactive imagination and jealousy in the passion that underlies her artistic disposition. Her performance, coupled with Palombi's lush Italian and utter devotion to Cavaradossi's sensuality and revolutionary zeal (a supporter of the early, republican Napoleon) plus Grimsley's mastery of Scarpia's slippery malevolence, alternately sadistic and charming, makes for fireworks in all three acts.

Greer Grimsley as Scarpia
Greer Grimsley as Scarpia
Photo by Matthew Staver
Stephen Lord leads the Colorado Symphony Orchestra through a rich rendition of Puccini's melodic score. Director Ron Daniels staging is impressive throughout, from filling the cavernous church of Sant'Andrea della Valle with altar boys and clergy, then the blocking for the seductive and violent encounters in Scarpia's chamber at the Farnese Palace, and, finally, with the timing of the climatic events at the Castel Sant'Angelo (the Mausoleum of Hadrian).

Opera Colorado's final performances of Tosca are Friday, April 30th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 2nd at 2 pm. 1-800-982-2787 or OperaColorado.org.

Bob Bows

 

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