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Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giacomo Puccini and Luigi Illica

Puccini’s classic tells the story of an opera diva in love with a painter and the treacherous police chief who comes between them. Tosca is set in Rome, where it premiered in 1900. Musically, it is considered to be Puccini’s greatest work, even surpassing the classics La bohème and Madama Butterfly.

Vissi d'arte

Kara Shay Thomson as Tosca,
Sarasota Opera, 2009
Conductor: Victor DeRenzi ©2009

E lucevan le stelle

Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi, 1980
Teatro alla Scala ©1980

Recondita Armonia

Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi, 1980 
Teatro alla Scala ©1980

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Music by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Faust is a classic example of French grand opéra – enchanting music, sweeping emotion, and luscious sets and costumes transport the audience into the hearts of the characters as Faust makes his famous deal with the devil. The “Jewel Song” aria from Faust was recently performed by soprano Mary Dunleavy in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning movie Lincoln.

Oh Dieu! que de bijoux

Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite
Royal Opera House, ©2004

The Barber of Seville
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

Rossini’s masterpiece, a classic example of Italian opera buffa, is widely considered to be the funniest opera of all time. Premiered in 1816 at the height of the classical period, The Barber of Seville contains lighthearted melodies and orchestrations. Warner Brothers made Bugs Bunny an opera star with the cartoon version, The Rabbit of Seville.

Una voce poco fa

Teresa Berganza as Rosina
Atelier Durer, 1972
Conductor: Claudio Abbado ©1972

Largo al factotum (Figaro's aria)


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