Washington National Opera Presents Puccini's Tosca
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The last date listed for Washington National Opera: Tosca was Friday September 23, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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I'm still a relative newbie to the world of opera. I do have a neighbor who is an opera singer and when I mentioned I was going, she said I'd picked a good one, and I certainly did. (Reading the Wikipedia article about the opera was also a quick, real help, providing background context and a much more detailed synopsis than was available in the KennCen Playbill.) This was a classic opera, with all singing (no spoken dialog). The cast was great, especially the 3 leads. I sat in one of the last 4 rows of the Orchestra section, but was still able to read the surtitles, a real plus. The staging and sets and costumes were (appropiately) dazzling, and the young choir members singing Te Deum were a treat. Goldstar is a good way to introduce new audience members with discount tickets to what is otherwise a rather expensive evening's entertainment. I also brought my own opera glasses.
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The Opera was superb. The only problem was the management, They chose to delay the start by 20 minutes to accommodate late arrivals. It is a shame that they think people who cannot arrive on time are more important than those that do and make the...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Listen to a _Tosca _Q&A, recorded after the September 12, 2011 performance.
Giacomo Puccini’s _Tosca _
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Production from The Dallas Opera
How far will Tosca go to save her beloved?
Puccini’s Tosca is an irresistible combination of passion, tenderness, pathos, and despair that immediately grabs your attention and races to its terrible conclusion.
Floria Tosca, a beautiful opera diva, tries to save her lover’s life by giving herself to the dreaded chief of police, Baron Scarpia. The situation turns deadly, and even Scarpia’s murder may not stop his diabolical plan.
This dazzling production by Giulio Chazalettes features soprano Patricia Racette, tenor Frank Porretta, and DC favorite bass-baritone Alan Held. Plácido Domingo conducts this timeless classic.*
*_The cast/conducting rotates on certain dates. Please check the event website for cast information on specific dates. _