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The Atlanta Opera to Open 2013-2014 Season with
Puccini's Tosca at the Cobb Energy Centre

Directed by New General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun

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Laura Soldati

ATLANTA, (September 9, 2013) - The Atlanta Opera opens its 2013-2014 season with a production of Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic tour de force, Tosca. Tosca will be presented on October 5, 8, 11 and 13 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and will be directed by new General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, who joined the Opera on June 1. Single tickets, ranging from $26-$133 plus convenience and venue fees, can be purchased online at, or by calling 404-881-8885. Season tickets are still available as well, offering patrons the best seats at the best prices.

Tomer Zvulun will be the stage director for Tosca. Zvulun has previously directed The Flying Dutchman, The Magic Flute, and Lucia di Lammermoor for Atlanta audiences. The New York Times praised one of his recent operas for its, “witty, fast-paced staging” and “Felliniesque” directing style. As the Opera’s general and artistic director, Zvulun is expected to direct up to two Atlanta Opera productions each season.

CASTING CHANGE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the role of Baron Scarpia will now be performed by baritone Luis Ledesma, who will be replacing Mark Delavan. Ledesma is renowned for his portrayal of the sinister and manipulative Baron, and frequently sings both the heroes and villains in operas by Puccini and Verdi. Soprano Kara Shay Thomson will be making her debut with The Atlanta Opera as Floria Tosca, a role she has sung more than 75 times. The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote, “Kara Shay Thomson [projects] an alluring presence and a luxuriant lyric voice that remains smooth all the way to her powerhouse top notes.” The role of Mario Cavaradossi will be sung by tenor Massimiliano Pisapia, in his United States debut. The conductor of Tosca is the Atlanta Opera’s Carl and Sally Gable Music Director Arthur Fagen. Tosca also will feature The Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as The Atlanta Opera Children’s Chorus.

Amid the bloodshed of revolutionary Rome, the diva Tosca becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover, Cavaradossi, and the scheming of an evil police chief, Scarpia, who will stop at nothing to have her. Set to Puccini’s intensely passionate music, this gripping story is truly cinematic in scope.

Ticketholders may also attend a free pre-opera talk about Tosca, held one hour prior to each performance inside the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giacomo Puccini and Luigi Illica

Sets from Fort Worth Opera
Previous Atlanta Opera Performances: 1988, 1991, 1997, 2006
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, with 2 intermissions  

Creative Team

Conductor Arthur Fagen
Stage Director Tomer Zvulun
Set Designer Andrew Horn


Floria Tosca *Kara Shay Thomson
Mario Cavaradossi *Massimiliano Pisapia
Baron Scarpia *Luis Ledesma
A Sacristan Tyler Simpson
Cesare Angelotti *Jason Eck
Spoletta Adam Kirkpatrick
Sciarrone *Andrew Cummings
*Denotes Atlanta Opera Debut

About The Atlanta Opera
Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. By producing live, mainstage performances of the highest quality and impactful community engagement experiences, The Atlanta Opera enriches lives through the power of opera. The Opera strives to attract the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers. Each season, The Atlanta Opera presents three productions at the Cobb Energy Centre, drawing audiences from the entire metropolitan Atlanta area as well as from the Southeast region.

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