April 29, 2018, 2:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 216 E Highland Ave, Elgin, IL
This staged production of Puccini’s very famous opera will be performed with a reduced orchestra provided by Chamber Music on the Fox, under the direction of Maestro Philip Morehead, a veteran of over thirty years as pianist and conductor at the renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Tosca is a story of overwhelming passion amidst the perils of war. Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s advance on the city.
|Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer||Tetyana Torzhevska, Soprano|
|Mario Cavaradossi, a painter||Simon Kyung Lee, Tenor|
|Baron Scarpia, chief of police||William Powers, Baritone|
|Cesare Angelotti, former Consul of the Roman Republic||Aaron Wardell, Baritone|
|A Sacristan||Eric J. McConnell, Bass-Baritone|
|Spoletta, a police agent||Maxwell Seifert, Baritone|
|Sciarrone, another agent||Jim Hinton, Bass-Baritone|
|A Jailer||Aaron Wardell, Baritone|
|A Shepherd Boy||Blake Buczkiewicz, Boy Soprano|
|Philip Morehead||Tetyana Torzhevska||Simon Kyung Lee||Williams Powers||Aaron Wardell|
|Eric J. McConnell||Maxwell Seifert||Jim Hinton||Blake Buczkiewicz|
This magnificent church will set the stage for an impressive production by an all-star cast. Ukrainian dramatic soprano Tetyana Torzhevska will be in the leading role of Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer, tenor Simon Kyung Lee will be Mario Cavaradossi, the painter, and Metropolitan Opera baritone William Powers will be in the role of Scarpia, the chief of police.
In the supporting roles, baritone Maxwell Seifert will perform as Spoletta, a police agent, previously heard in Soirée Lyrique’s production of Die Fledermaus bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell will be the Sacristan, and baritone Aaron Wardell will perform the double roles of Angelotti and the Jailer.
Soirée Lyrique’s Young Vocal Artist 2017 Competition winner, boy soprano Blake Buczkiewicz will be highlighted as “The Shepherd Boy” as a reward for winning this competition, and Elginite Jim Hinton, winner of Division IV, will perform the supporting role of Sciarrone, Baron Scarpia’s orderly. Soirée Lyrique’s Chorus and Children's Chorus will complete the cast for this exciting production.
The venue has offered us an artistically flexible venue, free parking, and easy handicapped access. This performance will be performed in the original Italian with projected English supertitles.
Tickets are $25 for adults if purchased in advance and $30 at the door. Student tickets are available at $15.
(No children under 6 years old)