• Tosca

    by Published on August 19th, 2012 04:12 PM

    Greetings, Opera Carolina customers. Opera Lively is proud to partner with this excellent company, and appreciative of Maestro James Meena's and Mr. Brandon Stanley's support.

    Puccini's great opera Tosca has been scheduled by our partners to be shown in Charlotte, NC, at the Blumenthal Center, on October 13, 18, and 21, 2012, with Jill Gardner in the title role. Read the full announcement and ticket information [here] - individual tickets are already on sale.

    Jill Gardner as Tosca, Mercury Opera Rochester, 2009

    Jill Gardner as Tosca, Mercury Opera Rochester, 2009

    Opera Lively has put together a series of seven articles on this opera, for those among you who want to learn a bit more about it. They are part of what we call our "Opera In-Depth" series. They really go deep, much more than what you usually find online, but they are accessible and fun to read.

    On the top right of this page you see a "widget" (a box with links) - depending on how you got to this page, it may or may not be already open, displaying the titles of the articles - if it's open, just click on the link to each Tosca article to have access to the full text. If the widget is not open, click on the + sign next to Exclusive Articles (attention, there's also an Exclusive Interviews link; you want the Exclusive Articles), then on the + sign next to Opera In-Depth Project, then on the + sign next to Tosca, and you'll find the links to the articles. The two Discography articles (audio and video) are under the same header.

    Again, depending on how you got to this page, you may find previews of the Tosca articles by just scrolling down from this text. In this case, just click on the "read more" link after each preview, to have access to that article's full text. If you don't see previews below this page, then you have to use the widget as above.

    Attention: some articles are short but the Comments section below them have the continuation and in many case are also written by the article's author. This is just a feature of our software (when we add to the article, the additions go to the Comments section).

    Interviews with the artists - and then a review of the show - will appear later on this space; stay tuned. Maestro James Meena's interview is up already, scroll down for it.

    Jill Gardner will be Tosca; Raúl Melo will be Cavaradossi, and Todd Thomas will be Scarpia.

    For now, the seven articles include:

    1. Tosca: The Genesis of the Opera - it talks about circumstances of composition, how the idea came to Puccini, how he got the rights to the stage play, etc.

    2. Tosca: Around the Opera - this article talks about trivia and curious facts around the opera such as reactions of the public on opening night, funny anecdotes, and many other interesting facts about this opera that you're not likely to find elsewhere.

    3. Tosca: Synopsis and Musical Structure - you probably know already the synopsis for Tosca (ours is very detailed) - but the second part of the article with the musical structure is quite interesting to enhance the appreciation of the show, preparing the public to pay attention to some musical details during the performance. Don't miss this article!

    4.Tosca: The Characters and Their Voices - this article talks about the main singers who have tackled the tree main roles in the past and present - Tosca, Cavaradossi, and Scarpia - and contains video clips!

    5. Tosca: Discography (audio) - this article is still growing, and contains reviews of Tosca CDs, as well as a complete list of the 250+ Tosca recordings. Come back periodically to it and you'll find more reviews.

    6. Tosca: Discography (video) - again, it is still growing as we add reviews, and is for versions of Tosca on DVD and blu-ray discs.

    7. Tosca: The Opera in the opera house - it contains comments on notable past and present stagings of this opera (also, more reviews will be added as they become available).

    Enjoy, and don't miss the show!

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    by Published on August 15th, 2012 03:25 AM
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    Puccini started to think about composing an opera about Tosca, just after watching some performances ...
    by Published on August 18th, 2012 04:48 PM
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    Sometimes, an operatic masterpiece is based on a literary or theatrical masterpiece.

    This ...
    by Published on August 18th, 2012 03:01 PM
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    Tosca, melodrama in three acts, premiered on January 14, 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, setting ...
    by Published on August 15th, 2012 03:35 AM
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    We will start the In-Depth articles on Tosca with a similar brief historical review than for Traviata, commenting on the main singers performing Tosca since the premiere of the opera, until our days.

    The first Tosca of them all was the Romanian soprano Hariclea Darclée.

    Since 1890 she was performing in Italy a variety of roles: Gilda, Violetta, Mimi, Aida,... She was singing in the premiere of Iris or La Wally, besides being the first Tosca. She was also a very popular Elisabeth, and a celebrated Valentine, had in repertoire Donizzeti and Bellini...
    by Published on August 18th, 2012 05:03 PM
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    There are literally well in excess of one hundred different recordings of Tosca. For the purposes of ...
    by Published on August 18th, 2012 05:30 PM
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    Reviews of Tosca on video media

    Tosca on blu-ray - a review by member Almaviva

    This is a bargain. $8.99 on Amazon.com, plus 2 hours and 20 minutes of highlights from 47 other productions of opera and ballet.

    Clicky (to buy it).

    2006, Daniel Oren, Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona
    Stage director, sets, costumes, and lighting: Hugo de Ana
    by Published on August 18th, 2012 05:18 PM
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    Here is the Opera Lively review of a staging of Tosca by the Santa Fe Opera, NM, USA:

    Tosca, opera in three acts (1900)
    Music by Giacomo Puccini
    Libretto by Giuseppe Giocosa and Luigi Illica
    Sung in Italian with English and Spanish opera titles in each seat
    This review is of the performance on July 13, 2012
    by Published on September 23rd, 2012 06:38 PM
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    As part of our coverage of our partners Opera Carolina's upcoming production of Puccini's Tosca, Opera Lively has interviewed maestro James Meena about the piece (we do touch a bit on other subjects at the end of the interview). This is our second talk with Maestro Meena - you can read his first interview with us [here]. The full announcement for Opera Carolina's show (including ticket information) can be found [here]. Navigation help for all our educational articles on Tosca filled with interesting facts can be found [here].

    The shows are scheduled for October 13, 18, and 21 in Charlotte, NC. Opera Carollina productions are 90% locally-made and are always first class, so this is not to be missed! Support your local opera company; there is nothing like live opera.

    Image © Opera Carolina, used with permission

    Let's read the maestro's thoughts on this beautiful opera:
    by Published on October 15th, 2012 01:59 AM
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    Tosca, lyric opera in three acts, music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after Sardou's play La Tosca, premiered at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome, on January 14, 1900.

    Opera Carolina, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (Belk Theater), Charlotte, NC, on October 13, 18, and 21, 2012.

    Click [here] for the full announcement and tickets. Also please consult our Tosca section [here], with many interesting articles analyzing the opera in-depth, including musical structure, trivia, discography, and interviews with Maestro Meena and the three principals.

    Click on Read More for the full review. ...

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