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Teatro del Bicentenario presents Puccini’s Tosca

By Lina de la Torre

The Teatro del Bicentenario in León, Mexico, will present Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), an opera in three acts with libretto by Luigi and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on the drama La Tosca, by Victorien Sardou. The production will run on August 10, 13, and 16.

This new production recreates a Tosca in fascist Rome where authoritarianism, political crisis, and social resistance were emblematic of the era. That atmosphere is woven into the scenery, reflecting the aesthetics and architecture of the time, which is skillfully recreated through a combination of traditional scenic elements and contemporary techniques.

Tosca premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on January 14, 1900. Love, passion, and power are the key ingredients of this opera with a focus on the romance between the Diva Floria Tosca and painter Mario Cavaradossi, set to the lovely score by Puccini that includes such arias as “Vissi d’arte,” “ Recondita armonia,”  and “E lucevan le stele.”

The theatre has assembled an international ensemble cast that incorporates local Mexican artists and craftsman.  The cast is headlined by the Mexican soprano Violeta Dávalos, accompanied by two Spaniards Andeka Gorrotxategi (tenor) and Rubén Amoretti (baritone).

Featured in this production will be the Italian conductor Marco Boemi.  He has had a career that spans more than 20 years and has worked with three generations of illustrious singers, including Luciano Pavarotti. Marco Boemi has conducted in productions at major venues and theaters around the world, such as la Scala in Milan; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Bayerische Staatsoper; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Paris Opera Bastille; and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, among many others. His upcoming engagements include a gala concert with Anna Netrebko in Kazan, Turandot in Bogotà, Tosca in Leon, Tabarro and Pagliacci in Helsinki, and La Traviata in VeronaIf you find yourself in central Mexico this summer, you may want to make time to go to the beautiful theater and see this classic opera!

Ci vediamo all’opera,  Lina

Article originally published on MadeInItalyMall blog on August 1, 2014 by Lina de la Torre:

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