Puccini's Classic Drama 'Tosca' Brings Passion to The Met: Live in HD


Patricia Racette plays the title character and Roberto Alagna is her devoted lover, Cavaradossi, in “Tosca,” showing on The Met: Live in HD on Nov. 9.

One of Puccini's most beloved melodramas will come to The Met: Live in HD lineup on Nov. 9. "Tosca," a passionate tale showing the struggle for survival in revolutionary Rome, is one of the most popular operas ever written.

Giacomo Puccini's timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the tempestuous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her devoted lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze plays the villainous Scarpia.

"Tosca" is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Teatro alla Scala.

Puccini's "Tosca" will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Potsdam's Roxy Theater. There will be an encore screening at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The opera will be performed in Italian, with English subtitles. The approximate running time is three hours, 35 minutes, including intermission.

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas.

All productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There will also be encore presentations offered on Sundays locally. Doors open a half-hour before show time, and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles, and heighten attention to both performance and production. Intermission features and English subtitles bring the stories to life.

Tickets prices are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater. You can also reserve tickets online by visiting www.cpspotsdam.org or www2.potsdam.edu/cps/eventpgs/methd.html.

For more information on the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at www.metopera.org/hdlive.

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and its award-winning opera program, visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution.