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Dayton Opera's "Tosca" Promises Melodrama with Every Note

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON, OH (October 28, 2013) – On Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Dayton Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s passion-packed masterpiece Tosca performed in Italian with English surtitles above the stage. The production’s Principal Sponsor is the Opera Guild of Dayton.  

In this opera that rages with love and sacrifice, the fiery Floria Tosca—a beautiful opera diva performed by Soprano Kara Shay Thomson—becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. How far will Tosca go to save her lover’s life in this famous all-time crowd-pleaser that bristles with lust, corruption and violence? That is something you must experience yourself.

If you attended last season’s The Glory of Wagner, you will remember Thomson as Sieglinde in the staged presentation of Act 1 of Die Walkure. She is no stranger to Tosca, recently performing the title role at Kentucky Opera, Opera New Jersey, Atlanta Opera and this coming April at Florida Grand Opera.

Another familiar face is Bass-baritone Mark Schnaible, who performed the title role of Boito’s Mephistopheles in September’s Season Opening Spectacular, as the scheming chief of police, Scarpia, who has designs on the diva. Dayton Opera newcomer Tenor Jonathan Burton is Cavaradossi, Tosca’s lover who has been arrested and tortured by Scarpia.

Also in the cast is Dayton Opera favorite Thomas Hammons as Sacristan, most recently seen as Don Bartolo in last season’s The Marriage of Figaro. Conductor Joseph Mechavich will conduct the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, David Roth makes his debut as Stage Director and there’s a performance by the Kettering Children’s Choir as well as Dayton Opera Chorus under the direction of Jeffrey Powell.

Want to learn more about the wonderful music of this opera? Come one hour prior to both performances to hear the backstory of Puccini’s Tosca with colorful insight by U.D. Professor Dr. Sam Dorf. Delicious “Opera bites” are also available in the Wintergarden before the performance and at the first intermission.

And if you just can’t get enough of Puccini’s music mastery, DPO Conductor Neal Gittleman will present Giacomo Puccini and His Great Tosca in his Classical Connections Series on November 15 at 8 p.m. The program includes three musical selections by Puccini performed by the DPO and an insightful conversation of the composer’s music. Gittleman will be joined by Tosca’s Stage Director and members of the cast. Tickets are $12 to $39.

Tickets for Tosca range from $36 to $93 and are available at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630. Senior and student discounts are available.


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. 



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