12, 15, 17, 19 November
Adelaide Festival Theatre
CONDUCTOR Nicholas Braithwaite
REVIVAL DIRECTOR Cath Dadd
Floria Tosca Kate Ladner*
Mario Cavaradossi Rosario La Spina
Baron Scarpia Mario Bellanova
Cesare Angelotti Jeremy Tatchell
Sacristan John Bolton Wood
Spoletta Bernard Hull
Sciarrone Pelham Andrews**
STATE OPERA CHORUS
ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
*sponsored by Peter & Pamela McKee
**sponsored by Ruth Marshall & Tim Muecke
Sung in Italian with English surtitles (sponsored by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation)
Running Time: Approximately two hours and 50 minutes (including two intervals) A co-production with the Welsh National Opera
Puccini created some of the greatest operas ever written, but few surpass Tosca for grandeur, beauty and drama! The return of this incredible opera to Adelaide has been long-awaited, and this production will not disappoint. Soprano Kate Ladner returns to the Festival Theatre stage as the actress Floria Tosca – a role she was born to play. Her lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, will be sung by the golden voiced tenor Rosario La Spina and as his arch nemesis Baron Scarpia, baritone Mario Bellanova once again brings his powerful presence to bear.
What price will Scarpia demand of Tosca to free Cavaradossi, and what bargain will she broker to gain his freedom? Tosca also contains spectacular choral music, with the State Opera Chorus in full flight. You cannot miss the incredible Church scene, alone worth the price of admission! The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra brings its customary brilliance to this opera – a rousing celebration to cap off a stunning 40th birthday year!
If you loved Faust, La Bohème & Turandot, you’ll love Tosca.
OPERA VOICES INTRODUCTION
Join us for drinks, nibbles and interesting discussions at The Friends of State Opera OVI event. Hear performances from the opera and from the cast and crew involved.
The Opera Studio
DRAMA, DAMES AND DIVISION
What do Wagner and Puccini have in common? Does the violence of Tosca reflect the divisions at the time of composition? Join us to explore the intriguing themes of this traditional work with our panel of experts.