What: “Tosca” by: Giacomo Puccini
When: June 3-5, 2021 (3 performances)
Where: St. John’s Cathedral 413 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902
Cost: Online Streaming tickets: $30 (Unlimited available), In-person Seating: $40 (in person seating will be LIMITED based on up-to-date city COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing-also includes online access)
Who: Kathryn Frady as “Tosca”, Brandon Evans as “Cavaradossi”, Jacob Lasseter as “Scarpia”, David Crawford as “Angelotti”, Maurice Hendricks as “Sciarrone”, Breyon Ewing as “Spoletta”, Daniel Spiotta as “Sacristan”, Kayla Beard as “Shepherd Boy”. Performed with orchestra Conducted by Brian Holman. Stage Direction by Marya Barry. Music Direction by Brandon Coffer
Synopsis: Tosca is a political thriller set in Rome during the Napoleonic wars at a time of great political unrest. The action takes place throughout a tense 24 hours in June of 1800. The plot centers around three characters – Rome’s diva Floria Tosca, her lover Mario Cavaradossi (a painter), and the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia. Scarpia has long lusted after Tosca. When he suspects Cavaradossi of assisting an escaped political prisoner, he seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. He plots to manipulate Tosca into revealing the prisoner’s hiding place and Cavaradossi’s involvement so that he can have her for himself. Scarpia has Cavaradossi captured and offers Tosca a horrific bargain – give herself to Scarpia, or he will kill her lover. What will she choose, and who will survive?
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