An original production of Puccini’s opera Tosca is being presented at the Diana Wortham Theater Friday and Saturday April 12 and 13th by the Asheville Lyric Opera. This live production is not to be missed. This Italian romantic opera contains some of Puccini’s best known and beloved lyrical arias. The libretto includes high drama, quick wit, and intrigue. As Tosca begins, Napoleon Bonaparte is advancing with his army upon Rome, which sets the stage for high drama and intrigue. This performance is an original production featuring lavish, multi-level sets by talented Julie K. Ross. ALO is welcoming back one of today’s most talented young stage directors, David Carl Toulson, who has worked alongside Placido Domingo and James Levine. Dan Allcott, Director of Orchestras at Tennessee Tech University and the conductor of Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus, tells the story of Tosca through the powerful musical score.
Before the 8 p.m. show many Asheville restaurants are offering “A Tosca Special” for diners. In addition, to celebrate Opening Night on Friday, an on-stage party with chocolates and wine will be given with the stars. This will allow the audience for an additional $10 to meet and talk with the operatic stars. The cast features soprano Kathy Pyeatt in the title role and La Scala tenor Stephen Mark Brown as Cavaradossi, as well as Metropolitan Opera baritone Galen Scott Bower as Scarpia, Dominic Aquilino as Cesare Angelotti, Ric Furman as Spoletta, Roberto Flores as the Sacristan and David Fields as Sciarrone.
Although set in 19th century Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Tosca’s themes of love, jealousy and deception ring true today. In the midst of political turmoil, the conniving Scarpia finds himself fatally attracted to the heroine Tosca, a fiery opera singer. Much to Scarpia’s chagrin, Tosca is deeply committed to painter Mario Cavaradossi. The couple finds their relationship put to the ultimate test when Cavaradossi hides Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner. On the trail to hunt down Angelotti, Scarpia illicitly pursues Tosca and spins a web of deceit that entangles Tosca and her lover.
To purchase tickets — Adults $30-$53, Students $17-$35–for performances on April 12 and 13 at 8 p.m..contact the Diana Wortham Theater, Pack Place at 828 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. A Preview Dress Rehearsal is being held on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. Preview Dress tickets can be purchased on the night of the performance beginning at 6:15. Students $8, Adults $20 and Seniors $18. David Carlson will give a pre-show lecture at 6:30.