These are turbulent times in Rome…
A tragic story of passion and jealousy, Tosca tells the story of the tempestuous opera singer Floria Tosca.
A newly-founded free republic, which had overthrown the aristocracy’s supremacy, has been dissolved – once again the royalists have prevailed. Queen Maria-Carolina now rules Rome, allowing her chief of police to mercilessly arrest and execute her opponents, often without a trial. The famed opera singer Floria Tosca’s lover Mario Cavaradossi, a painter, is among the opponents.
Tosca, perhaps Puccini’s most dramatic opera, features Maria Natale in her Cedar Rapids Opera debut alongside two voices fresh from the Metropolitan Opera – Chaz’men Williams-Ali as Cavaradossi, and Norman Garrett as Scarpia. Gregory Keller will stage direct and Daniel Kleinknecht will conduct.
Join us for a pre-opera talk one hour before the curtain at each performance. Dr. Anna Barker presents “Tosca’s Rome, the Opera in Historical Perspective.” In Encore Lounge. 6:30pm Friday, 1:00pm Sunday.
About Cedar Rapids Opera
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Daniel Kleinknecht, Cedar Rapids Opera presents two to three operas each season for over 7,000 audience members and community school students, as well as special events. An Opera America member, the company typically features American artists in its productions. CROpera’s Young Artist Program, active since 2003, offers college and university-educated students of vocal performance, a paid opportunity to understudy principal roles, sing comprimario roles, and perform in the opera chorus of mainstage operas, as well as participate in school outreach productions and annual summer operettas/musicals.
Single Tickets & Student Tickets On Sale July 26!
Student & College Tickets MUST be purchased through at the Ticket Office by phone at 319-366-8203 or in-person at 119 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Face coverings are not required for this concert. If, as a member of our audience, you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please feel free to do so. Orchestra Iowa reserves the right to change this masking policy in response to changes in public health conditions, CDC recommendations, and updated policies by federal, state, and local jurisdictions.