Murder, intrigue, lust, 'Tosca'

CLASSICAL MUSIC

April 18, 1996|By Stephen Wigler

Puccini's "Tosca" is perhaps the world's most popular opera, and no wonder. This is a drama that is filled with murder, intrigue and lust and that contains glorious music for the soprano, tenor and baritone leads.

The Baltimore Opera Company's new production boasts what are said to be two splendid young voices as Tosca (Elizabeth Byrne) and as her lover, Cavaradossi (Cesar Hernandez). The role of the disgusting Baron Scarpia, Rome's chief of police, will be taken by Justino Diaz, a bass-baritone with a proven record of bringing awful villains to vivid life.

The production will be directed by Baltimore's John Lehmeyer and conducted by Andrea Licata.

"Tosca" will be performed at the Lyric Opera House on April 20, 8: 15 p.m.; April 24, 7: 30 p.m.; April 26, 8: 15 p.m.; April 27, 8: 15 p.m.; and April 28, 3 p.m. For tickets, priced at $19 to $98, or more information, call (410) 727-6000.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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