Photo Journal: Dallas Opera Ends the Season With Tosca

Classic Arts Features   Photo Journal: Dallas Opera Ends the Season With Tosca
The Dallas Opera closes out its 51st International Season with Puccini's action-packed romance, Tosca.

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.

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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.

Michael Gallup as the Sacristan and Massimo Giordano as Mario Cavaradossi in Act I
The finale of Act One, the "Te Deum."
In Act One, Scarpia succeeds in raising jealous suspicions in the mind of Floria Tosca.
Catherine Naglestad as Tosca in the arms of her lover, sung by Massimo Giordano.
Wolfgang Brendel as Scarpia, Massimo Giordano as Cavaradossi and Catherine Naglestad as Tosca.
Wolfgang Brendel as Baron Scarpia sharing a tense moment with Catherine Naglestad as Floria Tosca
Massimo Giordano as Cavaradossi holds out under questioning by Baron Scarpia. The torture chamber is next.
Tosca (Catherine Naglestad) comforts Cavaradossi (Massimo Giordano)
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