Great Performances at the Met "Tosca"

(Rochester, NY) – Puccini's enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, returns to Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette stars in one of opera's greatest roles as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy's production. 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. Rochester native Soprano Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast.

Tosca  was originally seen live in movie theaters on November 9 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 64 countries around the world.

Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN for WNET Productions LLC, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its 40 year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.  Now in its fifth decade, the series has been the home to the greatest artists in the areas of drama, dance, musical theater, classical and popular music, providing many with their very first television exposure.

Pictured:Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi and Patricia Racette as the title character in a scene from Act III of Puccini's "Tosca."
Credit: Courtesy of Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

 


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