Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Sat., Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., with a ravishing new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Sir David McVicar.
Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, both making role debuts, with Željko Lučić as the villainous Scarpia.
Yoncheva made her Met debut in 2013 as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by widely acclaimed company role debuts as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème, Desdemona in the Met’s 2015-16 season premiere of Verdi’s Otello, and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. Later this season, she will reprise Mimì in La Bohème and will sing the title role in Verdi’s Luisa Miller. All three productions will be transmitted as part of the Live in HD series, making Yoncheva the first artist to have three principal roles in the same HD season.
Grigolo made his company debut in 2010 as Rodolfo in La Bohème followed by performances as the Duke in Rigoletto, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Roméo in the Met’s new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and the title role of Massenet’s Werther.
Lučić made his Met debut in 2006 as Barnaba in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and has sung 12 roles with the company, including the title role in Nabucco, Amonasro in Aida, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Iago in a new production of Otello which opened the 2015–16 season.
Tosca is the second of two new productions by Sir David McVicar with the company this season, following the Met’s season premiere of Bellini’s Norma.