Overview

Lust, betrayal, murder — nothing says drama quite like Puccini’s Tosca, one of the most popular operas of all time. Amid an unstable 1800s Italy, fiery diva Tosca must fight to save her rebellious lover from an evil police chief. This all new MOT co-production with the Cincinnati Opera perfectly sets the stage for an exhilarating ride of emotional extremes.

Stephen Lord – “The combination of a new production and the authentic Italian spirit Maestro Valerio Galli brings to this familiar work will create an exciting dynamic for this ‘shabby little shocker!’”

Sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage.

Artists

Alexia Voulgaridou

Tosca

April 7, 11, 14

Critically acclaimed Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou is a regular guest at the most prestigious European and American opera houses, concert halls and music festivals. Performance highlights include Mimi in La Bohème with The Royal Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and the San Francisco Opera; Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with The Royal Opera, the Hamburg State Opera and the Berlin State Opera, and Marguerite in Faust with The Royal Opera and the Hamburg State Opera. Additional highlights include the title role in Manon with The Royal Opera as well as Nedda in I Pagliacci and Lucrezia in I Due Foscari with the Hamburg State Opera. She studied in Athens and at the Munich Conservatory. Future performances include title role in Tosca at the Stuttgart Opera and the title role in Francesca da Rimini at the Opera National du Rhin.

Alexia Voulgaridou

Tosca

April 7, 11, 14

Kelly Kaduce

Tosca

April 15

Kelly Kaduce is a soprano with a warm and rich voice, stunning beauty, and superb acting ability. For her creation of the title role in Anna Karenina, Opera News proclaimed her “an exceptional actress whose performance was as finely modulated dramatically as it was musically… and her dark, focused sound was lusty and lyrical one moment, tender and floating the next.” For her Boston Lyric Opera debut in the title role of Thaïs, Opera News observed, “Kaduce sings with bell-like purity and silvery sweetness, and she suspends her legato with an effortless, sensual spin. A born actress, Kaduce is also a masterful illuminator of text.”

Kelly Kaduce

Tosca

April 15

Andrea Carè

Cavaradossi

April 7, 11, 14

Italian tenor Andrea Caré makes his Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Cavadarossi in Tosca. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Ismaele in Nabucco followed by Don José in Carmen. He has also performed recently with the Royal Swedish Opera, Opéra national du Rhin, Bolshoi Theatre, Vancouver Opera, La Monnaie Brussels, the Tanglewood Festival, Teatro Real Madrid, the Canadian Opera Company, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Opera National de Bordeaux. His signature roles include Cavadarossi in Tosca, Don José in Carmen and the title role of Don Carlo. He studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin and was a pupil under Luciano Pavarotti and Raina Kabaivanska. Future engagements include roles in Tosca with Teatro Regio Parma and Finnish National Opera, Madama Butterfly with Wiener Staatsoper, La Gioconda with La Monnaie Brussels and Liceu Barcelona and his Metropolitan Opera debut.

Andrea Carè

Cavaradossi

April 7, 11, 14

Noah Stewart

Cavaradossi

April 15

Lauded for his distinctive timbre, tenor Noah Stewart returns to Michigan Opera Theatre as Cavadarossi in Tosca. His previous MOT performances include Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Rodolfo in La bohème and Ismael in Nabucco. Since training at the Juilliard School, Noah’s debut album for DECCA became a major success in the United Kingdom, topping the classical charts for seven weeks.  In spring 2012, he made a critically-lauded debut at The Royal Opera as Hassan in Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune. North American engagements include the title role in Faust at Atlanta Opera and Rodolfo at Florentine Opera Company and New Orleans Opera. Outside the United States, he has sung with the Scottish Opera, Göteborg Opera, the Bolshoi Opera, Teatro Real and Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre. He is also a guest soloist with The Hallé orchestra, Scottish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Noah’s future engagements include making his debut at Nederlandse Reisopera in Tosca.

Noah Stewart

Cavaradossi

April 15

Greer Grimsley

Scarpia

Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley returns this season to Michigan Opera Theatre as Scarpia in Tosca, a role he has performed previously with San Diego Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Portland Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Colorado, and Seattle Opera. Grimsley is also internationally recognized as an outstanding singing actor and one of the most prominent Wagnerian singers of our day. In addition to MOT’s production of Tosca, this season Grimsley reprises his signature role of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen with San Francisco Opera, sings the title role of Macbeth with Opera San Antonio, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance with San Diego Opera, Orest in Elektra in Houston Grand Opera, and excerpts from Die Walküre with Pacific Symphony. Future engagements through 2020 include multiple returns to Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera.

Greer Grimsley

Scarpia

Erik Van Heyningen

Angelotti, Jailer

Bass-baritone Erik van Heyningen makes his debut at Michigan Opera Theatre as a Studio Artist. He has sung with opera companies across the country, including performing as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist and a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Erik performed as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera this summer. An avid recitalist, Erik has appeared in recital in cities such as Toronto, San Diego, Boston, and New York. This season, Erik will perform Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (cover), Ernest Hemingway in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 and Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca at MOT.

Erik Van Heyningen

Angelotti, Jailer

Dale Travis

Sacristan

Dale Travis has become one of the most sought after bass-baritones in America today. His repertoire encompasses 50 roles over 25 years in styles including Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Strauss, Puccini and Wagner. He has performed with the most prestigious opera companies in the world, with recent roles in Tosca and The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Arabella, The Magic Flute and Albert Herring at Santa Fe Opera, The Marriage of Figaro and Makrpolous Case at the San Francisco Opera; The Daughter of the Regiment at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, A View from the Bridge at Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, La Cenerentola at Opera Colorado and Vec Makropolous at the Metropolitan Opera. Future engagements include Frank in Die Fledermaus with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy and returns to the Glimmerglass Festival and the San Francisco Opera.

Dale Travis

Sacristan

Michael Day

Spoletta

Tenor Michael Day makes his Michigan Opera Theatre debut this season as a Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist. His performance credits include singing with Indiana University Opera Theatre, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Indianapolis Pro Musica, the Bloomington Chamber Singers and Utah Festival Opera, where he worked as a young artist. He recently returned to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis this summer as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist, singing the role of Al Joad in a new performing version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and vocal performance from Indiana University and is currently completing a master’s degree from the university. This season, Michael will perform Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, the dual role of Pablo Picasso/F. Scott Fitzgerald in Gordon’s 27 and Spoletta in Tosca at MOT.

Michael Day

Spoletta

Harry Greenleaf

Sciarrone

Wixom, Michigan native Harry Greenleaf is Michigan Opera Theatre Studio’s resident baritone. He made his debut with Michigan Opera Theatre in 2016 in the role of Top in The Tender Land. His credits with MOT also include Le Bret in Cyrano, Jack Wallace in The Girl of the Golden West and Morales in Carmen. He has been a Studio Artist with the Wolf Tap Opera Company, an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and a Young Artist with the Glimmerglass Festival. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an alumnus of the Michigan State University College of Music. This season, Harry will perform with MOT as Marullo in Rigoletto, Sciarrone in Tosca and the roles of Leo Stein and Man Ray in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27.

Harry Greenleaf

Sciarrone

Valerio Galli

Conductor

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