Leah Hawkins to Headline Opera Memphis’ ‘Tosca’

By David Salazar

Opera Memphis is set to present Puccini’s “Tosca” starting on Jan. 27, 2023.

The famed Italian work will star Leah Hawkins in the title role alongside Rafael Davila as Cavaradossi and Todd Thomas as Scarpia. Ned Canty will direct while Ari Pelto will conduct.

There will also be a behind-the-scenes feature broadcast via WKNO 91.1 FM featuring the creative team and led by Darl Snodgrass. Audiences can also stream the feature on the station’s official website.

There will be an additional performance on Jan. 28, 2023. Both showcases will take place at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

Following this production, Hawkins is set to appear at the Metropolitan Opera as Musetta in “La Bohème” before heading to Santa Fe Opera for another production of “Tosca.” She will also give the Marian Anderson Award Recital with Washington National Opera.

Thomas is set for productions of “Aida” at Tulsa Opera and “Tosca” at Florida Grand Opera, while Davila will follow this Memphis series with “Ernani” at Sarasota Opera.