‘TOSCA’ Kicks off 2023-24 All for Art Season for Opera Orlando

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Opera Orlando will kick off the 2023-24 All for Art Season with “TOSCA” on Oct. 27 and 29 at Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, and tickets go on sale Friday, August 18th.

The Company will stage a brand new production of one of the world’s most famous operas, Puccini’s tragic masterwork Tosca, with two performances on October 27 at 7:30pm and October 29 at 2pm.

This taut melodrama tells the story of the celebrated and passionate opera diva, Floria Tosca, who finds herself caught in a web of religious and political intrigue, betrayal, and jealousy.

Tosca’s lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, is suspected of assisting an escaped political prisoner, and the corrupt chief of police, Baron Scarpia, imprisons and tortures him.

Scarpia, who lusts after Tosca, uses his power over Cavaradossi to try and manipulate her into giving herself to him, but Tosca fights for her true love, causing disastrous results for everyone involved.

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“Tosca is quite a thriller and is the perfect way to launch our ‘All for Art’ season,” says Opera Orlando artistic director Grant Preisser. “It is amazing to have a hall worthy of Puccini here in Orlando, and this all new production featuring an incredible international cast, our fantastic Company members, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit will surely impress our audiences.”

This all-new performance of one of the world’s greatest opera masterworks will feature new costuming and set design, as well as a second-to-none creative team led by stage director Josh Shaw and conductor Eiki Isomura in the pit, along with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Internationally celebrated Greek soprano Eleni Calenos will perform the title role. Here is a video of Ms. Calenos singing the opera’s most famous aria “Vissi d’arte” with Opera Santa Barbara:

Joining her on stage will be celebrated tenor Nathan Granner, who will play the dashing artist Cavaradossi, performing “E lucevan le stelle…,” and baritone Daniel Scofield makes his role debut as the villainous Scarpia.

Additional artists include Opera Orlando favorite Lloyd Reshard, Jr. as Angelotti, Metropolitan Opera baritone Stefan Szkafarowsky as the Sacristan, 2023-24 Studio Artists, and members of the Opera Orlando Chorus and Youth Company.

For more details, visit OperaOrlando.org.

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Individual tickets for “Tosca” start at just $29, and are available through the Dr. Phillips Center’s Bill & Mary Darden Box Office (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando), online at DrPhillipsCenter.org, or by calling (407) 839-0119, ext. 0.

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