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Puccini’s timeless verismo score will be brought to life in a beautiful production, last seen to celebrate the opening of the Valentine Theatre. An internationally-acclaimed cast of singers will be lead by Maestro James Meena in this gripping and powerful opera.
Tosca, a singer, is forced to deal with the wicked Baron Scarpia for the life of her lover, the painter Cavaradossi. After he agrees to spare Cavardossi’s life, Tosca murders Scarpia. She watches as Cavaradossi is shot in what is supposed to be a mock execution, but he is killed and she commits suicide.
Containing some of Puccini’s most beloved arias, and set in beautiful 19th-century Rome, this opera has been a favorite of audiences for over one hundred years.
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Director Michael Capasso examines the life and work of famed tenor Enrico Caruso in relation to his performances of Puccini's leading men in Composers, Caricatures and Concubines: The Fascinating Life of Enrico Caruso.
The Student Night at the Opera performance of Tosca will take place on October 8, 2014 at 7:00pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Widely regarded as the greatest American opera, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah is set in 1950s rural Tennessee. Its unabashedly neo-romantic music beautifully evokes the opera’s Appalachian setting.
Susannah is a misfit in her small, devout, town. Found bathing in a stream one afternoon, she is accused of indecency. The traveling preacher Olin Blitch tries to save her soul, but his actions lead to tragedy for them both.
This semi-staged production, featuring still and moving digital projections, will be the first in a series of American operas from the 20th and 21st centuries presented by Toledo Opera. Legendary American bass-baritone Samuel Ramey will star as Olin Blitch.
The Student Night at the Opera performance of Susannah will take place on February 11, 2015 at 7:00pm. Please contact email@example.com for more info.
A co-production between Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina
Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor has become the benchmark against which all bel canto operas are measured since its premiere in 1835.
Set in Scotland, the tale of a bitter family feud ends tragically. Lucia is in love with a member of a rival family, Edgardo. Forced to marry another, she murders her fiancée and goes insane in a tour de force for coloratura soprano.
Rising stars Kathryn Lewek, soprano and Zach Borichesky, tenor will anchor an impressive cast under the baton of Toledo Opera’s Principal Artistic Advisor, and Principal Conductor and General Director of Opera Carolina, James Meena.
The Student Night at the Opera performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor will take place on April 22, 2015 at 7:00pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Our 2014 Toledo Opera production of Faust will be a revival of the much-lauded production premiered last season at Arizona Opera, designed by Bernard Uzan. It will feature a cast of internationally acclaimed guest artists. Shawn Mathey, a Bowling Green, OH native and tenor, will sing the title role in his Toledo Opera main stage debut. The production will be under the baton of James Meena with stage direction and design by Bernard Uzan.
Framed by a pre-performance benefit dinner supporting Toledo Opera, and an after-party for all ticket-buyers, this year’s gala is not to be missed. Five divas will join the Toledo Symphony, conductors James Meena and Robert Mirakian, and narrator Kevin Bylsma for an evening of operatic show-stoppers. Ticket prices for the benefit dinner are $200. ($150 for season subscribers.) Call the Opera office for more details.
With its challenging roles, large orchestral and choral forces, massive scenery, and lush costumes, successfully producing Verdi’s masterwork Aida is a major achievement for any opera house. Significantly, it was the first opera ever produced in Toledo in 1959, and launched both the Toledo Opera Guild and what would become today’s Toledo Opera. Our 2013 production will be created in partnership with Opera Carolina and feature a cast of internationally acclaimed guest artists, a substantially expanded Toledo Opera Chorus, strikingly beautiful costumes, sets originally created in 2009 for the Edmonton Opera company, and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Young artists living on nothing but love and laughter in the garrets and cafes of 19th century Paris. Experience the romance and gritty realism of the Bohemian life in this all-time Puccini favorite. Individual tickets go on sale September 10th. Sung in Italian with English translations.
View Mozart's great masterpiece through a new lens in this classic "Don Juan" story set in the 1950s. It's all about women pursued, foiled attempts to capture them, and vengeance taken in the name of honor. Sung in Italian with English translations.
The height of drama - the rapture of love, exquisitely performed at our annual Opera Gala. Enjoy arias from Tannhäuser, Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto, plus see sneak preview performances from Toledo Opera's soon-to-be-announced 2013-2014 season. Sara Jobin of the San Francisco Opera leads the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Opera Chorus and an acclaimed cast of brilliant sopranos and their tenor sweetheart.
This year's Opera Gala stars tenor Shawn Mathey with sopranos Jennifer Cresswell, Jennifer Goode Cooper, Diane McEwen-Martin, and Sujin Lee.
Events will be held at the Valentine Theatre Grand Lobby:
Seating will be limited for these events. For more information and to make reservations, please call 419-255-SING.