• Catch Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ in local theaters

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    George Gagnidze as Scarpia and Patricia Racette as Floria Tosca

    George Gagnidze as Scarpia and Patricia Racette as Floria Tosca

    GIACOMO PUCCINI’S fast-moving operatic thriller Tosca will be the third offering of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Metropolitan Opera in HD on January 12 at Greenbelt 3 cinemas.

    Tosca’s exceptional cast is led by Patricia Racette who portrays the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca in this production by Luc Bondy. Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini’s sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue.

    A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Teatroalla Scala, Tosca was featured in the Met Opera’s 2013 to 2014 season and transmitted live worldwide on October 29, 2013 in more than 2,000 movie theaters around the world as part of the Met Opera Live in HD Series.

    Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have also made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination.

    The CCP’s Met Opera in HD series features screenings of the latest operatic productions of the Metropolitan Opera in New York through High-Definition digital technology.

    Other productions scheduled for screening at Greenbelt 3 cinemas for 2016 are Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle (Peter Tchaikovsky/Bela Bartok) on February 9; Carmen (Georges Bizet) on March 8; The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár) on April 12; and Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi) on May 10.

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