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SOUND AND SPECTACLE: COC’S TOSCA IS A SWEEPING OPERA EXPERIENCEBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s 2022/2023 mainstage programming concludes with a gorgeous production of the Puccini masterpiece, bringing together big emotions, huge voices, and a riveting storyline. The edge-of-your-seat thriller takes audiences on a dramatic rollercoaster that unfolds over the course of just 24 hours in the story, as the celebrated singer Tosca is faced with a terrible ultimatum: submit to the desires of the corrupt police chief Scarpia, or watch her beloved Cavaradossi die. Tosca runs for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 5, 7, 11, 13, 19, 21, 23, and 27, 2023.
Two acclaimed sopranos star as the opera’s tempestuous and tragic lead character. Sinéad Campbell-Wallace of Ireland, who The Guardian has lauded for her “blaz[ing]” voice, full of “great lyrical warmth,” makes her COC debut, while Keri Alkema reprises the role from the COC’s 2017 production of Tosca, having last dazzled Toronto audiences in Rusalka (2019), with her “appealing [vocal] brew of dark and creamy colors” (The New York Times).
Italian tenor Stefano La Colla makes another COC debut as Cavaradossi; La Colla has been praised for his vocal “strength and flexibility” (Chicago Classical Review) and, in performing the role of the lovelorn painter was praised by The New York Times for his “firm, bright voice and ringing high notes.” British baritone Roland Wood returns to Toronto, bringing “great dramatic fire” (The Guardian) to the villainous Scarpia.
Canadian-Irish tenor Michael Colvin, known for his “superb” performances (San Francisco Classical Voice), is Spoletta, alongside Canadian-British bass-baritone Giles Tomkins as Sciarrone, two of Scarpia’s accomplices. American bass-baritone Christian Pursell makes his COC debut as Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, while Italian bass Donato Di Stefano and Ensemble Studio bass-baritone Alex Halliday join the cast as a Sacristan and Jailer, respectively.
Award-winning opera director Paul Curran returns to the COC, alongside assistant director Marilyn Gronsdal, at the helm of a production The Globe and Mail has called “a night at the cinematic opera” for its fast-paced action and “beautiful musical construction.” Sets and costumes from designer Kevin Knight immediately transport audiences to 19th-century Rome, a period of political turbulence that mirrors the drama unfolding onstage. Meanwhile, atmospheric lighting from designer David Martin Jacques sets the tone for the thrilling tale of lust, murder, and revenge.
Puccini's rich, romantic score is a stunning accomplishment in dramatic musical storytelling with show-stopping arias and gripping duets that make it one of the most performed operas of all time. In the heart-wrenching “E lucevan le stelle” (“And the stars were shining brightly”), listeners are fully immersed in Cavaradossi’s inner turmoil, while the famous soprano showpiece “Vissi d’arte” (“I lived for art”) is a spellbinding moment of perfect beauty that is often performed in recital worldwide. Italian conductor Giuliano Carella makes his COC debut at the podium, conducting the acclaimed COC Orchestra, and Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst leads the COC Chorus through the opera’s powerful choral moments that include the extraordinary Act 1 closer, “Te Deum.”
Tosca is sung in Italian and presented by the COC with English SURTITLES™.
Cast and Creative Team
Stefano La Colla
Donato Di Stefano
Set & Costume Designer
David Martin Jacques
Price Family Chorus Master
With the COC Orchestra and COC Chorus
*May 11, 13
Single tickets for Tosca range from $35 – $250 for adults, with Grand Ring seats available at $290 and $350, and $22 tickets available for guests between the ages of 16 and 29 through the COC’s Opera Under 30 program. Tickets can be purchased online at coc.ca or by calling the Four Seasons Centre Box Office at 416-363-8231. For more information on booking student groups, standing room, and rush tickets, as well as other specially priced tickets available to young people under the age of 15, please visit coc.ca.
Season Sponsor: BMO Financial Group
Production Sponsor: CIBC
Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price
The COC Orchestra is generously sponsored, in part, by W. Bruce C. Bailey, in honour of Christie Darville, COC Deputy General Director, and Johannes Debus, COC Music Director, and in part by The Schulich Foundation
Thank you to the entire COC community, including our COC Board of Directors, our Corporate Sponsors and Foundation Supporters, generous public funders, union partners, and — most critically — our audience. Your inspiring support ensures that opera flourishes, uniting global audiences and paving the way for a vibrant future.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. General Director Perryn Leech joined the company in 2021, forming a leadership team with Music Director Johannes Debus and Deputy General Director Christie Darville. The COC enjoys a loyal audience, including a dedicated base of subscribers, and has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The company is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera performers and creators with customized training and support. The COC’s purpose-built opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, is hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit coc.ca.
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