The Dallas Opera will make the company’s gripping 2015 production of Giacomo Puccini’s immortal Tosca available free of charge for home viewing. This passionate, star-studded production was originally simulcast live in high definition to a North Texas audience at Klyde Warren Park. TDO’s Tosca stream will premiere online Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Central Time and will be available until Saturday, March 27, 2021. Those interested in viewing must register online here
Tosca is The Dallas Opera’s third free video stream of an archival performance since the pandemic began. Earlier works have included Carmen and The Magic Flute. The opera was performed in Italian, with English-language supertitles projected on screen.
Considered one of Puccini’s greatest stage creations, Tosca was conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, TDO’s acclaimed Mrs. Eugene McDermott music director (also music director of the Prague Philharmonia) who most recently led The Dallas Opera performances of The Magic Flute and The Golden Cockerel (Fall 2019).
TDO’s Tosca stars American soprano Emily Magee in the title role of Floria Tosca, a celebrated opera singer; Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve in his TDO debut as artist and revolutionary Mario Cavaradossi; and bass Raymond Aceto as the evil Baron Scarpia. All three of these major artists have essayed their respective roles on leading opera stages around the world.
Completing the cast are Ryan Kuster as freedom fighter Cesare Angelotti, William Ferguson as the police agent Spoletta, Dale Travis as the Sacristan, Wes Mason as policeman Sciarrone, Christopher Harrison as the Jailer, and boy soprano Campbell S. Collins III as the Shepherd Boy.
“Tosca benefits tremendously from a strong, youthful cast that brings these characters vividlyto life,” stated Maestro Villaume in 2015. “These people reveal the full spectrum of human behavior—from displays of extraordinary courage and heroism to moral indifference and the most terrible depravity.”