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Puccini’s Operatic Thriller Tosca Comes to the Clark “Captured Live” From the Met

For Immediate Release

July 08, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Luc Bondy’s dramatic and adventurous production of Puccini’s operatic thriller, which Le Monde called “a perfect night at the opera,” comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 pm, "captured live” from the Metropolitan Opera. Karita Mattila stars in the title role. Marcelo Álvarez is her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze plays Scarpia, the sadistic chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. Joseph Colaneri conducts. This performance was originally transmitted live on October 10, 2009. The galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm this evening. Tickets are $17 ($15 members) and are available online, at the door, or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

The painter Mario Cavaradossi becomes ensnared in a web of political intrigue when he hides his old friend, the political prisoner Cesare Angelotti, from Baron Scarpia, the chief of the secret police who is hunting him. Passion mixes with politics when Scarpia devises a plan to get to Angelotti: he convinces Cavaradossi’s lover Tosca that Cavaradossi is having an affair. Tosca vows vengeance and rushes off to confront Cavaradossi; Scarpia orders his agents to follow her, assuming she will lead them to Angelotti. The agents find only Cavaradossi and take him to Scarpia for interrogation. Driven by his desire for Tosca, Scarpia offers her a deal: he will let Cavaradossi go free if she will give herself to him. Forced to give in or lose her lover, Tosca has a choice to make, but can she trust Scarpia to keep his word?

As Tosca, the charismatic soprano Karita Mattila “brings shimmering power, incisive attack, pliant lyricism and emotional honesty to her performance stars in the title role” (New York Times).  As her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, Marcelo Álvarez is “a true Puccini tenor, with warm, throbbing, supple phrasing and some triumphant top notes, including a defiant high A sharp when he sang ‘Vittoria’ at the news of Napoleon’s victory at the Battle of Marengo” (New York Times). The baritone George Gagnidze plays Scarpia, and Joseph Colaneri conducts.

The Met Summer HD Encores concludes with Verdi’s Don Carlo on July 27. The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. Tickets are $17 ($15 members). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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July 13: Luc Bondy’s dramatic and adventurous production of Puccini’s operatic thriller, which Le Monde called “a perfect night at the opera,” comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 pm, "captured live” from the Metropolitan Opera. Karita Mattila stars in the title role. Marcelo Álvarez is her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze plays Scarpia, the sadistic chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. Joseph Colaneri conducts. This performance was originally transmitted live on October 10, 2009. The galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm this evening. Tickets are $17 ($15 members) and are available online, at the door, or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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