Love, lust, betrayal and murder!
Heading a star-studded cast of principal artists who have performed their respective roles on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera is internationally acclaimed soprano, Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs, who came to renown in the title role of Floria Tosca with an international broadcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for Sirius Satellite Radio. Baritone Mark Delevan bows as the villainous Baron Scarpia, a role he has made a touchstone performing with major opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and a national PBS telecast of Live from Lincoln Center.
At the heart of Puccini’s Tosca is a love triangle involving a fiery prima donna, her political rebel lover and a chief of police whose treachery is limitless in his lustful pursuit of Tosca. Set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, Puccini’s beloved masterpiece is chock-full of soaring melodies and some of the most beautiful arias to be heard in all of opera. This performance of Tosca represents a partnering of Charleston’s significant artistic and musical resources with visiting artists of international renown. Scott Flaherty, the artistic force behind Charleston’s acclaimed, sold-out performances of Bizet’s Carmen, has assembled the production and will stage direct. Musical direction falls to maestro Michael Recchiuti, one of the most gifted American conductors of his generation. The duo will lead more than 125 artists in bringing to life one of Puccini’s most magnificent and enduring scores.