The 2020–2021 Season concludes with one of the most popular operas in the repertory, Puccini’s towering masterpiece Tosca, April 24 to May 2, 2021, at the Long Center. Set in a trio of breathtaking Roman locales, Tosca follows a strong-willed diva as she makes the ultimate leap of faith in pursuit of love.
Celebrated American soprano Latonia Moore joins the cast in the title role, replacing Leah Crocetto, who has withdrawn from the production for an extended engagement in Australia.
A native of Houston, Moore makes her Austin Opera debut as the fiery diva caught in the crossfire of love. She has recently sung Tosca at Washington National Opera, Opera Australia, and in Rouen, France. Last season, she was highly praised for her role as Serena in a new production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera, where she stopped the show at each performance singing “My Man’s Gone Now.”
Tosca, which also stars Adam Smith as Cavaradossi and Aleksey Bogdanov as Scarpia, is conducted by the Sarah and Ernest Butler Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Timothy Myers and directed by David Lefkowich. Additional tickets will be released in early 2021.
Director David Lefkowich will faithfully recreate three postcard visions of Rome on the Long Center stage – the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, an apartment in the imposing Palazzo Farnese, and the roof of the Castel Sant’Angelo. Sarah and Ernest Butler Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Timothy Myers, a protégé of famed conductor Lorin Maazel and fresh off the podiums of the Wexford Festival and Santa Fe Opera, returns to lead the Austin Opera Orchestra and Chorus in one of opera’s most memorable scores, including the breathtaking Act I finale, “Te Deum.”