Ellen Kents TOSCA at University Concert Hall
Opera and Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra PUCCINI TOSCA at University Concert Hall on April 20. Starring Vladimir Dragos as Scarpia with International Sopranos Maria Tonina and Alyona Kistenyova as Tosca.
A magnificent, traditional, fully-staged opera, Tosca is set against the dramatic landscape of Rome, the Napoleonic Wars and the corrupt Italian regime of that time.
Directed as a Gothic, Victorian horror story, Puccini’s Tosca is an epic tale of true love and treachery featuring torture, murder and suicide alongside some of opera’s best-known music. Based on a play by Victorien Sardou, it was once described as a “shabby little shocker.” It tells of Floria Tosca’s true love for artist Mario Cavaradossi. Tosca is forced to enter into a deal with the Chief of Police Baron Scarpia, in order to save Cavaradossi, her lover, from execution. Scarpia’s price is Tosca’s seduction, but she cannot go through with it, and in desperation she stabs Scarpia to death. Cavaradossi is executed and, realising all is lost, Tosca throws herself from the battlements to her dramatic death.
In preparation for the current tour and her new staging of Tosca, producer Ellen Kent took a trip to Puccini’s house in Italy. She said: “It was quite magical. I didn’t think it would be quite so inspiring. It was almost eerie as you would imagine Puccini to have created, with beautiful memorabilia everywhere. There were his shoes and clothes and pipes and all the models of his operas and his actual scores with all his notes on them.”
“My productions are always rather beautiful and I suddenly realised that in my view, I have been doing what Puccini would have liked and wanted. It felt like meeting somebody I knew.”
This most popular of operas, with its tender and moving arias Recondita Armonia, Vissi d’Arte and E Lucevan le Stelle, is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a pure evil villain as the baritone.
Vladimir Dragos returns to sing his most famous role of Scarpia after his acclaimed portrayal of Rigoletto on Ellen Kent’s last tour.
University Concert Hall
Wednesday 20th April, 8pm
Tickets: €39 / €36.50 / €25 Conc. Available (Booking fees apply)
Booking: 061 331549 / www.uch.ie
Pre-Opera Supper – River Bistro, UL
Make the most of your night at the opera and begin with a delicious pre-opera supper in the beautiful surrounds of the River Bistro, just a minute’s stroll from UCH. Enjoy a main course, dessert, glass of wine and tea or coffee.
Price €29 / Friends of UCH €24. Booking via UCH.
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