December 18 + 19
Set against a backdrop of war, chaos and corruption in Rome, the beautiful, celebrated opera singer, Floria Tosca, must give the performance of a lifetime to save the man she loves from the tainted hands of the treacherous chief of police. Set in early 1800s Italy, Tosca is the passionate, sweeping story of three strong-willed characters destined to become masters and victims of their own fate. Will she murder for the man she loves? Will she save her lover in time? Will she emerge as the victor or victim of her own destiny? Tosca has everything: a real and worldly love, an extraordinary heroine and the greatest villain in all of opera.
Tosca’s dramatic music demands powerhouse performers. Sensational young conductor Tiffany Chang and OPERA America Women Conductor Grantee leads a brilliant cast. Michelle Johnson returns as Floria Tosca, a role coveted for its vast dramatic arc and show-stopping aria, ‘Vissi d’arte’ after a moving Aida in 2018. Met favorite, Adam Diegel makes his Opera Columbus debut as passionate Cavaradossi. Brian Major, renowned for his villains, returns as Scarpia. In this Bridgerton-esque production, Tosca will feature new, original costumes by UK based Neil Fortin, use an original set construction by Opera Omaha and Boston Lyric Opera, and striking lighting design by Pablo Santiago. The three-act opera will be directed by Eve Summer who last season luminously directed Don Giovanni.
photo credit: Terry Gilliam