The third installment in the seventh season of opera, Live in HD by The
Metropolitan Opera in New York, is Puccini’s classic drama, Tosca. All 10
productions screen exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor
theatres until June 2014.
Following Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and William Kentridge’s production of
Shostakovich’s The Nose, Tosca features Patricia Racette as the title character
and Robert Alagna as her devoted lover.
Tosca comes to life on the big screen from Saturday 7 December and for a
further five screenings, as Puccini’s timeless verismo score is presented by an
extraordinary cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva,
opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, while George Gagnidze is
the wicked Scarpia.
This dramatic tale of murder, lust and political intrigue is conducted by Riccardo
The opera is is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische
Staatsoper and the Teatro alla Scala and screens in South Africa until 19
Tosca is brought to local audiences countrywide at Gateway Nouveau, Durban;
V&A Waterfront Nouveau, Somerset Mall and Blue Route Mall – all in Cape Town;
Garden Route Mall in George; Rosebank Nouveau and Bedford Centre in
Johannesburg; and at Brooklyn Nouveau in Pretoria. The running time is three
hours and 35 minutes.
Visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za, www.sterkinekor.mobi and Ticketline on 082
16789 (VAS rates apply) to book tickets and for more information.
Scene from final dress rehearsal for Puccini’s Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera:
Images for all The Met: Live in HD productions are available on the following
Tosca – Puccini (releases on 07 December 2013 for six screenings – Run time:
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Production: Luc Bondy
Set Designer: Richard Peduzzi
Costume Designer: Milena Canonero
Lighting Designer: Max Keller
Cast: Patricia Racette (Tosca), Roberto Alagna (Cavaradossi), George Gagnidze
(Scarpia), John Del Carlo (Sacristan)
Patricia Racette portrays the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca in Luc Bondy’s
production of Puccini’s enduring favourite. Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover,
the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia.
Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini’s sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and