Release date: 11/5/2012
San Francisco Opera presents Puccini’s Tosca, conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti. Two renowned casts, headlined by Angela Gheorghiu and Patricia Racette, bring to life San Francisco Opera’s elegant production designed by Thierry Bosquet and directed by Jose Maria Condemi. Also starring are Italian tenor Massimo Giordano and emerging talent Brian Jagde as Mario Cavaradossi, and Italian baritone Roberto Frontali and Mark Delavan as Baron Scarpia. The final two performances will be conducted by Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi. Tosca runs for 12 performances through December 2, alternating between the two casts of principals. This production, which was first conceived by Lotfi Mansouri in 1997, is a re-creation of Armando Agnini’s Tosca production that opened the War Memorial Opera House in 1932. It is presented this year in correlation with the 80th anniversary of the War Memorial Opera House.
San Francisco Opera Presents Puccini's Tosca November 15-December 2, War Memorial Opera House
Performances Feature Two Distinct International Casts Headlined by Angela Gheorghiu and Patricia Racette in the Title Role
Conducted by Nicola Luisotti and Also Starring Massimo Giordano, Brian Jagde, Roberto Frontali and Mark Delavan
Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu returns to San Francisco Opera following her highly praised 2008 appearances as Mimí in La Bohème to star in the title role of Puccini’s masterful melodrama. World renowned for her interpretations of the classic Italian operatic heroines, Gheorghiu has previously appeared as Floria Tosca at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Deustche Oper Berlin. Of her performances in London, Opera Today commented that Tosca was “a part she seems to have been born to play.” The soprano made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2007 as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine, a role she will reprise this season at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
American dramatic soprano Patricia Racette continues her more than 20-year relationship with San Francisco Opera as she returns to sing the title role of Tosca, a role that garnered her headlines in 2010 when she in stepped in on late notice to make her Met role debut as the doomed singer. Of that performance, the New York Times noted that Racette “brought a richly expressive voice and raw emotion to her wrenching portrayal of [the role],” and that “she sang with uncommon richness, expressivity and honesty.” She has since reprised the role at Washington National Opera, the Ravinia Festival and again at the Metropolitan Opera. Racette most recently appeared at San Francisco Opera as Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust in 2010 and as each of the three heroines in Puccini’s triptych Il Trittico in 2009. She has performed in 29 mainstage productions with the Company.
Italian tenor Massimo Giordano makes his San Francisco Opera debut as the painter Mario Cavaradossi, a role he has sung previously at Paris Opera; the Vienna State Opera; Dallas Opera and the Savonlinna and Munich Festivals. He will reprise the role later this season at Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and in Bilbao. Career highlights include the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Alfredo Germont (La Traviata) at Milan’s La Scala; Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Germont, Rodolfo (La Bohème) at the Metropolitan Opera; and Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) at the Vienna State Opera. Emerging talent Brian Jagde returns to San Francisco Opera as Mario Cavaradossi, a role he recently debuted at the Santa Fe Opera. The third-year Adler Fellow has previously appeared with the Company as Don José in Carmen for Families, Janek (The Makropulos Case), Joe (La Fanciulla del West), the Messenger (Aida) and Vitellozo (Lucrezia Borgia). Other recent engagements include Rodolfo at Syracuse Opera and Castleton Festival Opera, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Minnesota Opera and Virginia Opera and his European debut in the title role of Werther and as Macduff (Macbeth) for the Teatr Wielki in Poland.
Italian baritone Roberto Frontali recently appeared at San Francisco Opera as Sheriff Jack Rance in 2010’s La Fanciulla del West. He made his Company debut as Riccardo in 1993’s I Puritani and returns to make his role debut as the lecherous Baron Scarpia. Recent appearances include Don Carlo (Ernani) in Tokyo, Count di Luna (Il Trovatore) in Palermo and at the Capitole de Toulouse and both the title role of Gianni Schicchi and Michele (Il Tabarro) at Theater an der Wien. Mark Delavan, well-known to Bay Area audiences for his acclaimed portrayal of Wotan and the Wanderer in the Company’s 2011 Ring cycle, returns as Baron Scarpia. The American baritone has appeared at San Francisco Opera in seventeen previous productions, including Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata, Moralès in Carmen, The High Priest of Brahma in L’Africaine and a previous appearance as Scarpia in 2004’s Tosca. He has performed the role of Scarpia at Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera; Cincinnati Opera; Pittsburgh Opera and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, among others. Delavan will perform Wotan and the Wanderer in the Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2013.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the twelve performances of Tosca are scheduled for November 15 (7:30 p.m.), November 16 (8 p.m.), November 18 (2 p.m.), November 20 (8p.m.), November 21 (7:30 p.m.), November 24 (8 p.m.), November 25 (2 p.m.), November 27 (8 p.m.), November 28 (7:30 p.m.), November 29 (7:30 p.m.), December 1 (8 p.m.) and December 2 (2 p.m.), 2012