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Puccini’s melodrama Tosca (subtitled “Love and Sacrifice”) is the potent tale of an opera diva who defies the most powerful and corrupt man in Rome, in life and in death. Its gripping story, set amid the chaos of revolution, has resonated with audiences since its premiere, and remains one of his most popular works. Angela Brown makes her much-anticipated debut with Pittsburgh Opera as Tosca; Hugo Vera also debuts as her lover Cavaradossi. Mark Delavan (Falstaff, 2009) returns as Tosca’s nemesis Scarpia, in a period production from Seattle Opera. Kristine McIntyre (Flight, 2008; The Marriage of Figaro, 2010) returns as stage director; Music Director Antony Walker conducts.
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Photos by David Bachman, copyright 2012. You can see additional production photos on our home page slide show.
• All performances of Tosca are at the Benedum Center.
• UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.
• Estimated run time is 2 hours, 30 minutes with 2 intermissions.
• Join us one hour before each performance for the Pre-Opera Talk. Free to all performance ticketholders, Pre-Opera Talks are full of insights on the opera, the composer, and more!
Previews and Reviews
PREVIEW: "Passioned distilled perfectly in immortal 'Tosca'" - Tribune-Review, 3/18/12
PREVIEW: "'Tosca' singer aims to demystify opera" - Post-Gazette, 3/22/12
REVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera's 'Tosca' soars" - Tribune-Review, 3/25/12
REVIEW: "'Tosca' comes to town...'e lucevan le stelle'" - Post-Gazette, 3/25/12
REVIEW: "Why we love opera - Tosca in Pittsburgh" - Opera Pulse, 3/28/12
REVIEW: "It takes three to Tosca" - Roving Pittsburgher, 3/26/12
|Pre-Opera Talks||Opera Up Close|
|Meet the Artists Q&A||OPERAEncore|
|Brown Bag Concerts|
|Read the story of Tosca|
|The Cast and Artistic Team|
|Music and Videos|
(cast is listed in order of vocal appearance)
| Kevin Glavin**
| Angela Brown+
Juan Jose de Leon*
Conductor: Antony Walker
Stage Director: Kristine McIntyre
Set Designer: Ercole Sormani
Costume Designer: Malabar, Ltd.
Lighting Designer: Andrew Ostrowski
Asst. Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Hair & Makeup Designer: James Geier
Assistant Director: Stephanie Havey*
Sets from Seattle Opera
Costumes from Malabar
See video of Angela Brown singing "Vissi d'arte" from our production of Tosca
See video of Mark Delavan in "Va, Tosca" from our production of Tosca
See video of Hugo Vera in "E lucevan le stelle" from our production of Tosca
See video of Angela Brown singing "Vissi d'arte"
See news video from the meeting of the "two Toscas" from WPXI