11 November 2010 - 21 November 2010
Presented by Opera Ireland
Opera Ireland presents Puccini's dramatic and moving opera, "Tosca" at the Gaiety Theatre
As its final production prior to the much-anticipated launch of Irish National Opera, Opera Ireland, in association with Theatre Lubeck, presents six performances of Giacomo Puccini's great operaTosca, with Italian opera star Amarilli Nizza and Irish opera star Orla Boylan alternating in the title role at the head of a wonderful cast of international and Irish singers.
Premièred in 1900, the combination of powerful drama and Puccini's glorious music has made Tosca one of the most popular operas ever written.
The opera tells the story of a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter and a sadistic chief of police, all caught in a net of love, lust and deadly political intrigue. With a drama driven by powerful opposing passions, Puccini heightens the tension and emotion with sublime orchestral and vocal music, all leading to one of the most powerful and devastating climaxes in opera.
The stellar cast for this historic Opera Ireland presentation will be joined by the Opera Ireland chorus, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral School choir and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the direction of maestro Gianluca Martinenghi.
Opera Ireland have announced one cast change to their Historic ‘Farewell’ Production of Puccini’s Tosca. Now featuring Italian opera star Amarilli Nizza and Irish opera star Orla Boylan. Due to personal injury Cara O’Sullivan’s role of Floria Tosca has been changed to world famous soprano Amarilli Nizza, from Italy, who will sing the title role on alternate nights to Irish opera star Orla Boylan in the company’s staging of one of world’s favourite operas, Puccini’s Tosca.
Ms. Nizza has worked with world famous opera directors such as Franco Zefferelli and she is no stranger to the role of Tosca and has won many operatic awards including the Mattia Battistini competition and the Orazio Tosi for Tosca. Being one of Italy’s biggest operatic stars Ms. Nizza made her debut as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at the Flavio Vespasiano theater in Rieti (1993) and is very proud to debut with Opera Ireland as part of their ‘Farewell’ production of Tosca this November.
Floria Tosca:
Orla Boylan (11, 13, 15, 20 Nov)
Amarilli Nizza (17, 19, 21 Nov)
Cavaradossi: Marcelo Puente                      Conductor: Gianluca Martinenghi                      
Scarpia: Dimitri Platanias                             Director: Jakob Peters-Messer
Angelotti: Andrew Ashwin                             Designer: Markus Meyer                       
Spoletta: Karl Michel Ebner                          Costumes: Sven Bindseil
Sacristan: Eric Martin-Bonnet                       Lighting: Thomas Maerker                    
Sciarrone: Nyle Wolfe
  Evening shows
11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21 November at 8:00 pm
  Ticket prices
€25, €45, €70