Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Lead Staged ‘Tosca’ At Bravo! Vail Music Festival In 2019

By David Salazar

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be back in 2019 to showcase Puccini’s “Tosca” as Bravo! Vail Music Festival’s debut opera production. Performances are set for July 11 and 13, 2019 at the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

The announcement was made by Bravo! Vail’s Music Festival’s Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott during a concert by the ensemble, as led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nézet-Séguin will conduct with director James Alexander leading production company Symphony V in the rendition of the famed Puccini opera. The production will be set in the 1800s and the opera will showcase an all-star cast that will be revealed at a later date.

“I never imagined when I became Artistic Director in 2010 that Bravo! Vail would be mounting this unique production of Tosca’ with the amazing Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and director James Alexander. It is both humbling and inspiring that the Bravo! community has so generously embraced this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring opera to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at the highest artistic level,” said McDermott in a press release.

Nézet-Séguin is coming off a run of performances of the Puccini opera with the Philadelphia Orchestra alongside such stars as Jennifer Rowley, Ambrogio Maestri, and Yusif Eyvazov.

“’Tosca’ was a truly special highlight of our past season in Philadelphia, and it brings me great joy to take this grand opera on the road for our 2019 Bravo! Vail residency,” said Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the press release. “I look forward to delighting our Vail audiences with one of the greatest Italian operas ever composed, paired with an all-star cast and the unparalleled sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra. I know it will be a memorable experience for everyone involved.”