Jealousy, lust, deception and death at the Boston Public Library
Boston Lyric Opera hosts FREE opera night lecture on Puccini’s Tosca, with mini performances by lead singer Diego Torre
WHAT: Dr. Deborah Burton, an internationally-renowned Puccini expert and published author, discusses “The Twists and Trysts of Tosca.” The BLO 2010-2011 season opens with the classic Puccini work on November 5. Dr. Burton’s theme: “If turnabout is fair play, then it also makes for great opera.” Expect a fresh exploration of the unexpected, table-turns and irony in this beloved production. Dr. Burton is an Assistant Professor of Music at Boston University and was an originator of the interdisciplinary conference “Tosca 2000” in Rome, honoring the centennial of Puccini’s opera and the bicentennial of the events that inspired it.
The discussion will be followed by a mini-performance of excerpts featuring Tosca’s leading tenor, Diego Torre. A rising star in the opera world, Mr. Torre comes to BLO directly from covering for Plácido Domingo in the title role of L.A. Opera’s Il Postino. His 2009-2010 season included Metropolitan Opera performances as the Messenger in Aida and Federico in Stiffelio. This season he will also perform as Rodolfo in Opera Australia’s La bohème and as Forresto in Attila at San Francisco Opera.
WHEN: Tuesday, OCTOBER 19, 2010, from 7 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
The Tosca opera night discussion is the first in a series of four Boston Public Library programs highlighting BLO’s 2010-2011 season. Save the date for future programs!
The Emperor of Atlantis, or Death Quits: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Agrippina: Thursday, February 24, 2011
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Wednesday, April 13, 2011