Opera House presents new production of Puccini’s Tosca

Submitted Photo Live at the Met continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., with a new production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca.

Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., with a ravishing new production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Sir David McVicar.

Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, both making role debuts, with Zeljko Lucic as the villainous Scarpia.

Yoncheva made her Met debut in 2013 as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by widely acclaimed company role debuts as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, Desdemona in the Met’s 2015-16 season premiere of Verdi’s Otello, and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. Later this season, she will reprise Mimi in La Boheme and will sing the title role in Verdi’s Luisa Miller. All three productions will be transmitted as part of the Live in HD series, making Yoncheva the first artist to have three principal roles in the same HD season.

Grigolo made his company debut in 2010 as Rodolfo in La Boheme followed by performances as the Duke in Rigoletto, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Romeo in the Met’s new production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and the title role of Massenet’s Werther.

Lucic made his Met debut in 2006 as Barnaba in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and has sung 12 roles with the company, including the title role in Nabucco, Amonasro in Aida, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Iago in a new production of Otello which opened the 2015-16 season.

Tosca is the second of two new productions by Sir David McVicar with the company this season, following the Met’s season premiere of Bellini’s Norma.

Live at the Met telecasts are now shown in more than 2,000 theaters in 73 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met was the first arts company to experiment with this type of broadcast, beginning on a modest scale in 2006 and growing every season since then, with more than 10 million tickets sold to date.

Met Opera stars serve as hosts for the series, conducting live interviews with cast members, crew and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether, the worldwide audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.

Individual tickets to each of the operas in the season are $20, ($18 Opera House members, $10 students). A flexible subscription of eight tickets which can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different operas, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is available for $142. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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