1) An astonishing set, like a work of art
Designer Michael-Scott Mitchell was recently awarded the Australian Production Design Guild Award for his sets.
“The verisimilitude of the Act I set – a Baroque church interior – was simply staggering.” – BACHTRACK
Look at a gallery of production images here.
2) A gripping production
John Bell has directed a nuanced, heart-in-your-mouth production of Tosca, stripping away any melodrama and highlighting the very real, very human tragedy that is the story of Tosca.
“Bell’s sensitive direction was so unobtrusive you were barely aware of it. By effectively establishing and sustaining tension in each act, he created compelling drama.” – THE AUSTRALIAN
Read an interview with Bell here.
3) Soaring, soulful music
Puccini’s score is beautiful, from start to finish. From the dissonant, tension-filled chord that opens the opera, through the beautiful lovers duet, the rousing Te Deum, the stunning Vissi d’arte and the haunting lines of E lucevan le stelle, the music will take your breath away.
Listen to more of the music on SoundCloud
4) World-class artists
“Tosca is a role for a singer-actor … Some performers have the acting chops and not the heft; some have the ball-busting top notes and not the stage skills. It’s a real hallelujah moment when a soprano such as Amanda Echalaz comes along, ticks every box, and then goes one step further and makes the role her own.” – METRO UK
“Claudio Sgura’s Scarpia was pure psychopathic monster…” – HERALD SUN
“[Tosca] was matched by Diego Torre, outstanding as her lover Cavaradossi and especially in his two big arias…” – THE AGE
Read an interview with Claudio Sgura and Diego Torre (singing Cavaradossi from 7/2 – 17/3) here.
5) See a young conductor destined for stardom
Andrea Battistoni is only 27 but already, opera houses around the world are clamouring to put him on their podiums.
(He’s so busy that he’s only conducting the first eight performances. But rest assured, renowned conductors Nicholas Milton and Brian Castles-Onion pick up the baton after that.)
6) Tick a night at the opera off your bucket list
But beware, you might be starting a life-long love affair.
“If this doesn’t make you fall in love with opera, nothing will.” – TIME OUT
Tosca plays at Sydney Opera House from January 13 – February 28.