Starring opera superstars, Sonya Yoncheva, alongside Vittorio Grigolo.
Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies.
Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the titular prima donna, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as her artist lover and Željko Lučić as the villainous police chief—one of his signature roles. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.
“Yoncheva and Grigolo looked wonderfully youthful as Puccini’s lovers. Her sound … is richly textured and shimmering… ” New York Times
“It all came together on opening night … The Met not only succeeded but triumphed.” Vanity Fair
Sir Bryn Terfel has had to withdraw from the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca as he takes enforced rest due to vocal fatigue. Željko Lučić will sing the role of Scarpia at the Met in 2018.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances,” said Sir Bryn. “I was particularly happy to be returning to the Metropolitan Opera with this exciting new staging, and it is a terrible shame not to be a part of it.”
As a consequence of the change, Lučić, who was scheduled to sing the role of Alfio in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, will be replaced by George Gagnidze for performances in the upcoming 2018 performances. However Lučić will still sing Alfio for the final two performances on January 29 and February 1, 2018.
Sir David McVicar’s new staging of Tosca, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, opens on December 31, starring Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca and Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi. The January 27 matinee will be transmitted live as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world.
Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr; The Paiko Foundation; and Dr. Elena Prokupets, in memory of her late husband, Rudy Prokupets. (Sung In Italian)
For further information, including casting by date, please visit www.metopera.org.
Please note new season times at Luna Leederville + Luna on SX
Luna Leederville: Screening Sat & Sun at 11.00am
Luna on SX: Screening Sat & Sun at 1:00pm