“Critic Joseph Kerman famously called [Tosca] a “shabby little shocker,” a phrase he might have meant as an insult but quickly became a box office boon. Like Bizet’s Carmen, premiered 25 years earlier, Tosca gets down and dirty without wasting a lot of time on introspection.”
1. Classic for a reason.
This is one of the world’s favorite operas, by one of the world’s favorite composers.
2. Music that moves you.
Tosca is packed with beloved arias, and music that seeped into our lives, including “Vissi d’arte,” “E lucevan le stelle,” and “Recondita armonia.”
3. A debut!
Alexandra LoBianco makes her Portland Opera debut in the title role.
“the most notable performance of the night was the thrilling Tosca of Alexandra LoBianco, a soprano with dramatic flair and clarion power throughout her range. LoBianco’s dark, mature sound commanded the drama from the moment she sang her first three “Marios" offstage”
- Opera News review of LoBianco’s performance of Tosca at PORTOpera in Maine.
4. The Portland Opera Chorus & Orchestra
This production is huge, and features the celebrated Portland Opera Chorus and Orchestra in full effect. Get ready to be dazzled by the scope and scale of the ensembles you'll see and hear.
5. To enjoy grand, traditional opera at its best.