Opera: Tosca

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Giancarlo Monsalve says
Opening on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., is Giacomo Puccini’s immortal TOSCA in one of The Dallas Opera’s most beautiful and beloved traditional productions.

It’s not enough to live for art when the winds of change threaten to radically reshape the political landscape. However, famed Roman diva Floria Tosca, one of opera’s most unforgettable female characters, sung by soprano Emily Magee (Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro), and her beloved painter, Cavaradossi, portrayed by the charismatic Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve in his Dallas Opera debut, share a love that can withstand any test or torture Baron Scarpia (Raymond Aceto, praised by Gregory Barnett of Opera News for his “powerful, pathologically evil baron”) can devise.

That doesn’t guarantee a happy ending; just the promise of a riveting musical experience.

Experience one of Puccini’s greatest works—and expect edge-of-your-seat excitement!

Love, lust and loyalty blend with political intrigue and religious fervor in this superb action-packed opera conducted by critically acclaimed Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, who inspired Edward Seckerson of Grammophon (U.K.) to recently write: “The refinement of Villaume’s conducting is a constant source of delight.”

Emily Magee is described by Robert Levine of Classics Today as “a super Tosca, singing with clarity and grand tone, delivering outrage and tenderness in equal proportions. Her ‘Vissi d’arte’ is gorgeous.” The New York Times, too, has praised her “richly resonant soprano.”

Giancarlo Monsalve, according to The Washington Times, “displayed a smooth, flexible tenor range…his diction remained superb as he accurately hit each top note”; and Rebecca Evans of DC Theater Scene added: “All that needs to be said about Monsalve is that his presence is unparalleled. Bravo.”

Also featuring tenor William Ferguson as Spoletta (a singer described by The Denver Post as “unforgettable…with a pliable, expressive voice” and by The Advertiser as possessing “an absolutely swoonworthy” top range), baritone Dale Travis in his TDO debut as a Sacristan, and bass Ryan Kuster as Angelotti, an escaped political fugitive.

This breathtaking Dallas Opera production was designed by Ulisse Santicchi, an Italian master in his field and staged by director Ellen Douglas Schlaefer in her company debut.

Sung in Italian, with English language translations projected above the stage, TOSCA can be experienced at any of five additional performances: November 8(m), 11, 14, 20 & 22(m), 2015 in the Winspear Opera House
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By: Giancarlo Monsalve

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