Opera Philadelphia to Stream ‘The Drama of Tosca’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Dominic M. Mercier)

“The Drama of Tosca,” a special concert adaptation of Puccini’s “Tosca” will be available on Opera Philadelphia Channel starting on June 17, 2021.

The recording comes from the May 2021 performances which were held for socially distanced audiences at the TD Pavilion at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

The 90-minute concert starred Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez in her title role debut, American tenor Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, and baritone Quinn Kelsey in his role debut as Baron Scarpia.

Corrado Rovaris leads 68 players from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra, who appear on stage with the singers, and 40 singers from the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, who sing from the balcony level of the Mann.

The streaming premiere date is a nod to the opera’s dramatic timeline which unfolds over the course of 24 hours, from June 17-18, 1800.

Audiences can watch the performance operaphila.tv.