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Artpark presents Giacomo Puccini's 'Tosca,' conducted by Gil Rose, featuring BPO

Wed, Dec 13th 2023 11:00 am

July 12 & 14 inside Artpark Mainstage Theater

√ Tickets on sale Friday

Press Release

Celebrating its 50th season, Artpark & Company will present one of the world’s favorite operas, Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” in the Artpark Mainstage Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2024. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Reserved seats begin at $39.

Following the success of Artpark’s sold-out production of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” during the 2023 summer season, Artpark’s opera programming will continue with a full production of the classic “Tosca,” a story of love, lust and political intrigue with music by Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Gouseppe Giacosa. The production will feature direct recreations of the original Adolf Hohenstein's set and costume designs from the opera’s premiere at Teatro Costanzi in Rome in 1900. Audiences will discover a masterpiece of Belle Époque design with the timeless music drama that inspired it.

The full production will include internationally known opera soloists accompanied by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, under the direction of Grammy Award-winning Artpark Director of Opera and Sonic Explorations Gil Rose.

“Tosca” is a three-act opera set in Rome during the 1800s, just after the French Revolution. Napoleon has successfully taken France and has invaded Rome and created a new republic. The beloved opera singer, Floria Tosca, is in love with painter Mario Cavaradossi, and here begins the story of how Chief of Police Baron Scarpia intersects with these lovers in drama, betrayal, revenge and murder.

Often referred to as “a musician helping to shape the future of classical music,” Rose was acknowledged for his “sense of style and sophistication” by Opera News, noted as “an amazingly versatile conductor” by The Boston Globe, and praised for conducting with “admiral command” by The New York Times. He has been called “one of the most adventurous conductors in the world” by KUSC Radio. Over the past two decades, he has built a reputation as one of the country’s most inventive and versatile conductors. His dynamic performances on both the symphonic and operatic stages, as well as over 100 recordings, have garnered international critical praise.

Rose conducted Artpark’s production of “Carmina Burana” in the 2023 season. 

Stage director Michael Capaso is the general director of the New York City Opera. He has produced, directed and toured opera and musical theater productions in the U.S. and abroad for over 30 years. In 2014, along with philanthropist Roy Niederhoffer, he led the successful effort to bring the New York City Opera out of bankruptcy, laying the artistic, administrative and fiscal groundwork for the company’s upcoming seasons. The revitalized New York City Opera returned to the stage in 2016 with a celebratory production of “Tosca.”

Capaso began his career producing and directing and co-founded New York’s Dicapo Opera Theatre in 1981. In 1995, Capaso conceived and designed a permanent home and performance space for the company, repurposing the lower level of the St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church on Manhattan’s East Side into a “jewel-box” theater. Over the 30 years of his leadership, Dicapo Opera Theater presented a diverse programming to the New York public, and, in cooperation with the Armel Festival, premiered three productions of contemporary American operas in Europe.

Associate set designer John Farrell is currently the director of production for New York City Opera. Since starting this position in 2015, he has been responsible for all aspects of the physical production of the company, and he has served as the resident scenic designer. During this time, he has designed more than 10 productions for the company. Also in New York, Farrell was the resident designer for Dicapo Opera where he created more than 90 productions from 1992-2013. At Radio City Music Hall, he was the scenic supervisor for the “Spring Spectacular” Easter show for two years and the “Christmas Spectacular” show for one. He served as scenic supervisor for “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” shows in Chicago and Detroit.

Associate costume designer Ildikó Debreczeni has been designing costumes for theater, dance and film for more than 30 years. In 1995, she established Jelmez-Art Ltd. in her hometown of Szolnok, Hungary, where she produced costumes for local theaters. In 2007, through an association with the Armel Opera Festival, based in Budapest, Jelmez-Art began constructing costumes for international theaters and opera companies, a list which has grown to include the Bayreuth Festival, Bergen Festival, Graz Opera in Austria, Bergen National Opera, and opera companies in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and the U.S.

Lighting designer Susan Roth has designed lighting for theater, opera and dance in the U.S. and abroad. International opera credits include Tobias Picker's “Emmeline” and Robert Ward's “The Crucible,” which were televised throughout Europe on Mezzo TV as part of the Armel Opera Festival. She has designed for a number of opera companies in the U.S., including Tampa Opera, Augusta Opera, Orlando Opera and Toledo Opera, and was resident designer for Dicapo Opera. Roth served as the lighting designer for the 75th anniversary tour of “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.” Other U.S. national theater tour credits include “Dreamgirls,” “Cabaret,” “Purlie,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “One Mo Time.” International tours include “Ain’t Misbehavin' ” plus “West Side Story” and “Crazy for You.” Roth was resident designer for the Westport Playhouse for 10 years and designed the U.S. premiere of “Public Enemy,” a play by Kenneth Branagh; and the world premiere of “Feau Follet” for the Elisa Monte Dance Co.

Ticket Information

Reserved seat tickets begin at $39 and include a facility fee. Additional fees apply for online orders. Tickets will be available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com

The Artpark upper box office will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, for in-person purchases. It is located off the Portage Road entrance, in the information center, next to the upper amphitheater entrance gate.

The Artpark lower box office, located off South Fourth Street, is closed until further notice due to construction on the Artpark grounds.

Visit artpark.net for more information.

This event is made possible in part by support from the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, The Baird Foundation, Stenclik Family Charitable Fund, and Cullen Foundation. Support was also provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

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