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Giacomo Puccini's Tosca
June 17-19, 2011

This June, OperaLancaster ends it’s “Break Out Season” in traditional Grand Opera Style with a production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” directed by no other than met emeritus and Lancaster native, John Darrenkamp.

One of the world’s most popular operas, “Tosca” boasts an action-packed story, larger than life characters, and some of Puccini’s most beautiful music, including the showstopper aria “Vissi d’arte.” Famed opera diva Floria Tosca wants revolutionary painter Cavaradossi’s sole romantic attention. Menacing chief of police Scarpia wants Tosca at any cost. The resulting clash between all-consuming passion, unbridled lust, and political dissent makes for a gut-wrenching roller-coaster ride, with plenty of great opportunities for all three principal singers to show off their artistry and individuality.

For this production, OperaLancaster has assembled a fine double cast of regional and local talent. Jenniffer Harris, who has sung at the Miami Lyric Opera and has performed the role of Tosca at the Brooklyn Opera Company in New York, and Celeste Sicilliano who has toured Europe and the Untied States as a soloist and opera performer, will both be performing the role of Tosca. Opposite our two Toscas, in the role of Cavaradossi will be Adam Cromer, an award winning Tenor hailing from New York City, and Tommy DeHorney who was most recently gave an outstanding performance on OperaLancaster’s stage as Rudolpho in the critically acclaimed 2010 production La Boheme. Performing the role of the diabolical Scarpia, OperaLancaster has lined up York native and regional solosit Mike Anderson, who was most recently on OperaLancaster’s stage in La Boheme, and internationally acclaimed Brazilian baritone Claudio Mascarenhas.

This season, our director for this production, John Darrenkamp, has also decided to resurrect his role as Angelotti from his career at the Metropolitan Opera where he performed alongside such renowned singers as Placido Domingo. While there are many challenges in performing a production that you are also directing, Darrenkamp’s broad range of talents lend themselves to this type of endeavor.

Performing alongside the principals and Mr. Darrenkamp are several talented local singers: Michael Widlake as the Sacristan, Ben Williams as Sciaronne, Elliott Sterenfeld and Darryl Williamsl as Spoletto.

Joining the cast, as always, is OperaLancaster’s chorus, made up of very dedicated community members who simply love to sing opera, as well as a first class pit orchestra assembled of some of Lancaster and Central PA’s finest instrumentalists. Both the chorus and the orchestra are under the direction of Maestro Rick Anderson, who has been the conductor for two of our most recent successful productions, "Caveleria Rusticana" & "La Boheme". 

Accompanying the Friday opening night performance and the Saturday matinee performance, will be the first of a new series of pre-performance presentations by OperaLancaster. The series, entitled “Exploring Opera”, which will become a standing portion of each of our main-stage productions, gives attendees an exclusive look at what goes into producing an opera and what the process is for lead roles to bring their characters to life. “Exploring Opera” will take place from 7:00PM-7:30PM Friday Evening and 1:00PM-1:30PM Saturday Afternoon in the casual atmosphere of the Roschel Performing Arts Center Lobby.

Additional Information & Media

Where?: The Roschel Performing Arts Center on the campus of F&M College in Lancaster, PA
When?: June 17, 2011 8:00PM  -  June 18, 2011 2:00PM & 8:00PM -  June 19, 2011 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Prices: Adults $35  -  Seniors $30  -  Groups (10+) $27.50  -  Students $20
GROUP SALES: Group sales may be facilitated at ANY TIME by calling our office at 717.392.0885

Media: Below are video clips from various different productions of Tosca, so that you may preview the beautiful music you will experience when you purchase tickets for our production!
(Note the videos below are not from OperaLancaster productions, our upcoming production, and they do not portray the actors in any of our current, past, or upcoming productions. The videos, and the individuals performing on them are independent of OperaLancaster.)

Placido Domingo sings "E luce van le stelle"

Placido Domingo sings "Recondita armoria"

Angela Gherghiu sings "Vissi d'arte"

Ruggero Raimondi sings "Te Deum"