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.
Heading the powerhouse cast in the title role is American soprano Leah Crocetto in her Austin Opera debut. The internationally acclaimed soprano, who has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Oper Frankfurt, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and other major opera houses, takes on one of Puccini’s most beloved arias, “Vissi d’arte,” in which the heroine reflects on art, love, and faith. Ms. Crocetto’s interpretation of this famous aria is one of the most eagerly anticipated moments of the season. Joining Leah is Adam Smith as Cavaradossi and Aleksey Bogdanov as Scarpia. Both Adam, praised for a voice of “incredible shimmer and blade,” and Aleksey, who “sings with power and authority,” are making their Austin Opera debuts.
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. Conductor 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.”