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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Puccini's 'Tosca' is 2nd in Metropolitan Opera series at Goddard Center

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  • The Goddard Art Center will present the second installment of the live HD Metropolitan Opera series, Puccini's "Tosca," which will be transmitted live directly from New York into the Goddard Center Theater at 11:55 a.m. Saturday.
    A light brunch is included with the cost of admission and will be served from 11 to 11:50 am.
    "The Goddard Center has had many requests to offer more classical and operatic performances to enrich the experiences and educational opportunities in the arts for everyone who lives in south central Oklahoma. Through local supporters... as well as additional staffing, the center has now added opera to its repertoire," said Goddard Cewnter executive director Leila Lenore. "The Met's sole purpose, and ours, in beginning this live transmission program was to expand the world of opera and attract new audiences. This is opera for the masses. This is opera for southern and rural Oklahoma. Tuxedos and black tie are actually discouraged. This is more, come as you are opera."
    Giacomo Puccini, labeled one of the greatest composers of Italian opera, wrote traditional, late 19th century romantic opera until he created "Tosca," which was his first in the verismo, or realistic style. Verismo style operas are typically Italian and a realistic depiction of many facets of real life, especially of the lower classes. "Tosca" (1900) also employs musical signatures for particular characters and emotions.
    In "Tosca," fiery prima donna Floria Tosca 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. The explosive triangle comes to a conclusion in one of opera's bloodiest, most intense dramas.
    One of the most popular of all operas, "Tosca" is a passionate tale set to some of Puccini's most openly beautiful and passionate music.
    The show features an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles. Acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette stars as Floria Tosca. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca's lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini's sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue.
    Asmission for the general public is $20; senior citizen (55+) is $15; Goddard Center members are $15; students (K-college) are $10; and children 5 years and under are $5.
    Box office proceeds are split 50/50 between The Goddard Center and the Metropolitan Opera.
    The Goddard box office will open one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are available in-person only and may not be purchased in advance. The Goddard Center honors Metropolitan Opera season ticket holders. The auditorium is open seating and all broadcasts feature subtitles for viewers. "Tosca" contains scenes of extreme violence. Parental discretion advised.
    The 2013/2014 "Met Live: in HD" season will continue with eight remaining broadcasts, including Dvorak's "Rusalka," Verdi's "Falstaff," Puccini's "La Bohème," Borodin's "Prince Igor" and Mozart's "Così fan tutte."
    Page 2 of 2 - Due to some scheduling conflicts in the Goddard Theatre, a few of the transmissions will be rebroadcast at a later date. For a complete listing of titles, dates and times, visit the Goddard Center's website, www.goddardcenter.org.
    The Goddard Center is located at 401 1st Ave. SW. Call (580) 226-0909 for ticket information.

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