Finger Lakes Opera will presents “Tosca” August 11 and 13 at Canandaigua Academy.
Artistic Director Gerard Floriano and acclaimed performer Jennifer Rowley discussed the production Friday during News 8 at Noon.
“Well ‘Tosca’ is a really, first of all, wonderful and popular opera,” said Floriano. “There is great music, great singing, great acting and great action in this opera, and I think people are really going to love it. People who have been to the opera will, of course, enjoy it, and people who have never been to the opera – I think this is a great first opera to come to see because it’s like a rock concert for classical music. There’s great music, great costumes, great acting, there’s knives, guns, I mean there’s everything you want in great live theatre.”
The New York Times called Rowley’s recent performance at Roxanne in “Cyrano de Bergerac” a breakthrough. She has come to the Finger Lakes to reprise her role as Tosca. “I love Tosca so much because she’s really like me,” explained Rowley. “She’s a young, up and coming diva! And she’s madly in love with the love of her life, and she’s kind of torn between this fame and what she’s supposed to do and this love, and being young and being jealous and being a little bit crazy in your first relationship with your first boyfriend. It’s a fun role to play because she takes a great journey, she really does.”
When asked how she conveys Tosca’s journey with her voice, Rowley said the music is so perfectly written that it’s really not hard to do. “Act one really starts out happy, and youthful, and you get a lot of coquettish type themes, and it’s written in a part of the voice that’s a bit higher and lighter, and then as we progress through the opera the music gets bigger, the orchestration gets bigger, it gets darker. We get more brass, we get more trumpet, we get a lot of high notes and she really evolves, not only as a character, but the vocalism evolves as well as we go through Act Two and into Act Three, so it’s really not hard to show the character evolution through the voice.”
The performance on Friday, August 11 is at 7:30 p.m.
The performance on Sunday, August 13 is at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for “Tosca” featuring world class performances, range from $25 to $75. For more information, or to order your tickets online, click here.