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May 5, 2018 at 7:30pm
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Love, lust, betrayal and murder! Daniel Island Performing Arts Center in association with the City of Charleston and Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Puccini’s heart-pounding thriller Tosca, one of the world’s most popular and frequently performed operas. The gala benefit performance will serve to support area arts organizations including the Daniel Island Performing Arts Center, its contributing organizations and Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Heading a star-studded cast of principal artists from the Metropolitan Opera is internationally acclaimed soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs, who came to renown in the title role of Tosca with an international broadcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for Sirius Satellite Radio. Baritone Mark Delavan bows as the villainous Baron Scarpia, a role he has made a touchstone performing with major opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera. Mr. Delavan has been heard as Scarpia in broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera and a national telecast of PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center. The role of Mario Cavaradossi is assayed by international tenor Dimitri Pittas, known to opera audiences worldwide for his portrayal of Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth for a Metropolitan Opera Live in HD international theatrical release, subsequently released commercially by Warner Classics.
At the heart of Puccini’s Tosca is a love triangle involving a fiery prima donna, her political rebel lover and a chief of police whose treachery is limitless in his lustful pursuit of Tosca. Set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, Puccini’s beloved masterpiece is chock-full of soaring melodies and some of the most beautiful arias to be heard in all of opera. The Charleston production will feature large screen, high-definition projections of Adolfo Hohenstein’s original scenic designs, created for the 1900 world premiere in Rome, and carefully executed replications of Hohenstein’s original principal costume designs. Charleston audiences will get a peek at what Tosca looked like at its premier in a wonderful blend of contemporary aesthetics from the hybrid arena of opera, musical theatre and orchestral production styles.
This performance of Tosca represents a partnering of Charleston’s significant artistic and musical resources with visiting artists of international renown. Scott Flaherty, the artistic force behind Charleston’s acclaimed, sold-out performances of Bizet’s Carmen featuring Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves has assembled the production and will stage direct. Musical direction falls to maestro Michael Recchiuti, one of the most gifted American conductors of his generation. The duo will lead more than 125 artists in bringing to life one of Puccini’s most magnificent and enduring scores.
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