From Madama Butterfly and Turandot to La bohème’s Mimi, composer giant Giacomo Puccini is famous for the grace and strength of his glorious heroines. Enter Floria Tosca, a diva with flashing eyes and a jealous heart who loves only one man—Mario Cavaradossi. When he is taken as a political prisoner, his captor, Baron Scarpia, has met his match in Cavaradossi’s faithful Tosca. Featuring the breathtaking Te Deum chorus and the renowned tenor anthem E lucevan le stelle, plus one of the most famed soprano arias in all of operatic repertoire, Vissi d’arte, Puccini’s beloved work has not been seen at the Opera Company of Philadelphia for over ten years.
Three dazzling stars make their OCP debuts in this production. Beautiful Romanian soprano Adina Nitescu sings the title role after making a name as a Puccini leading lady at Paris National Opera, and sizzling Brazilian-Italian tenor Thiago Arancam is her Cavaradossi. As Scarpia, formidable Russian baritone Boris Statsenko promises a villainous star turn in the acclaimed, grand and classic Opera Company of Philadelphia production.