Some years ago I was a part of Blogger Preview Nights at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had the opportunity to see many fantastic productions; from The Wizard of Oz to Anything Goes. That program ended and I discovered shortly thereafter, the Social Media Preview Nights at the Minnesota Opera, also at the Ordway Theater.
Well, I was given the opportunity to see a working dress rehearsal of the opera Tosca last Thursday evening and I will tell you, I was floored.
First, I must mention that the Ordway is a beautiful theater and the sets of this production made it even more so. Rich, dark browns and magnificent reds and golds enhanced the turmoil and drama of the story.
For those who are not familiar, here is a quick synopsis of the story, taken from the* Ordway's website:
"A fiery prima donna, an idealistic artist and a manipulative chief of police find themselves entangled in a web of drama in this spellbinding classic. Tosca’s allegiance to her lover, Cavaradossi, is put to the ultimate test by the obsessive Scarpia who will stop at nothing to possess her. This magnificent tale of deceit, love and honor brims with sumptuous music and unforgettable arias."
Fiery, indeed. The voice of Kelly Kaduce who plays Tosca is powerful, passionate, and red hot. Watching her, especially in the informal moments of practice, was amazing.
Some might be a bit discouraged because Operas are traditionally sung in other languages; Tosca was sung in Italian, however, there are English subtitles played above the stage and following along is really quite easy once you get going.
I am not a formal reviewer of theater. Books are my specialty on this blog but my passion for theater is easy to express. So, I must say, with enthusiasm, if you have not seen on Opera, please do so. Tosca would be a wonderful start.