One of the world's most popular operas for more than a century, this production is staged by director Giulio Chazalettes, who made his 1987 company debut staging the same opera and has pursued a worldwide career that has taken him from Lyric Opera of Chicago to the Sydney Opera House.
The cast is led by renowned soprano Catherine Naglestad making her company debut in the title role. Italian tenor Massimo Giordano sings the role of the courageous Mario Cavaradossi, and German baritone Wolfgang Brendel makes his company debut as the Machiavellian Chief of Police- Baron Scarpia.
Also making his debut with Dallas Opera is Maestro Anthony Barrese, 2007 Fellow of the Solti Foundation.
Tosca tells the story of "a famous opera star and legendary beauty [who] finds her happy life shattered and is forced to resort to violent measures to rescue her lover who has been trapped in the web of the licentious Scarpia, the Chief of Police, who also desires her."
Tosca ends its four-performance run tonight, March 15. The Dallas Opera will kick off its 2008/2009 season in November with The Marriage of Figaro.
For information and tickets, visit www.dallasopera.org
Read more about this production in conductor Anthony Barrese's feature article, Tosca and Her Church Bells.
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All photos by Karen Almond for Dallas Opera.