City of Perth continues its annual presentations of Opera in the Park in an association with West Australian Opera that now extends over two decades. In 2014, one of Puccini’s greatest operas, Tosca, will be performed against the backdrop of Perth’s beautiful skyline.
Set in Rome at the start of the eighteenth century when political and religious upheaval were destabilising the country, the opera tells the story of Tosca, a fiery opera singer who is in love with the artist, Cavaradossi. However, the Chief of Police, Baron von Scarpia is infatuated with Tosca and will stop at nothing to attain the object of his desire – including the abuse of his political power in what will have terrible consequences for them all.
This tragic tale of love, loss and betrayal contains some of the most famous arias in opera, including Vissi d’arte, Tosca’s heart-wrenching lament at the choices she is forced to make to save the life of the man she loves; and E lucevan le stele, Cavaradossi’s tender recollections of the time he and Tosca spent together. German-born soprano, Anke Höppner, will reprise the role of Tosca which she sang to great acclaim in the West Australian Opera 2011 season production. Cavaradossi will be played by London-based Australian tenor, Angus Wood; while the role of the evil Baron Scarpia will be sung by English-born baritone Douglas McNicol. Bassbaritone, Andrew Collis, appears as Caravadossi’s friend, the republican fugitive, Angelotti.
Conductor Brian Castles-Onion is becoming synonymous with this event and will again lead the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Opera Chorus, together with this all-star cast, in what promises to be an enthralling evening under the stars.
The event will be simulcast in Northbridge in addition to the regional areas of Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Merredin and Port Hedland. Details on the West Australian Opera website.