Last night, Elizabeth and I attended a performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Phoenix Symphony Hall.

The opera had its good, and some even great moments. such as Tosca’s Vissi d´arte solo by Kara Shay Thomson, sung in this video by Angela Gheorghiu:

But my favorite was, and always has been, “E lucevan le stelle” (The stars were shining), a romanza of Mario Cavaradossi in the 3rd act of Tosca. It is sung by Tosca’s lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi (tenor), while waiting for his coming execution. Here it is, in late Luciano Pavarotti’s interpretation –


The opera, whose plot takes place in Rome, premiered in Rome at the last turn of the century – on Jan 14, 1900. Last night’s performance was pretty poorly attended. I estimate that

less than half of the Symphony Hall seats were occupied. Par for the course, I suppose, for the “new” opera direction Arizona Opera is taking under Joseph Specter AWAY from real opera into jazz and tango!

And now, here are some photos of Elizabeth and me at last night’s performance.




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