2019 Arts & Culture

Puccini’s “Tosca”: An Immersive Introduction

Event Date Mon Jun 24, 2019
Event Time 6 PM
Vail Interfaith Chapel19 Vail Road

This summer, Bravo! Vail Music Festival embarks on its most ambitious project to date—a staged production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” under the musical direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City’s famed Metropolitan Opera. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will be transformed under the directorial guidance of James Alexander and his innovative production company, Symphony V. For two nights, the magic of opera comes to life using modern technology, an all-star vocal cast, two choirs and the stunning artistry of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
For more than a century, “Tosca” and its characters have fascinated both performers and audiences, and it remains one of the most frequently performed operas. Vail Symposium is partnering with Bravo! Vail to host five unique opportunities to enrich the “Tosca” experience: An immersive introduction, a conductor’s perspective, a conversation with Stage Director James Alexander and two pre-concert talks. These events provide an inside scoop on this historic opera presentation and learning from the experts just what makes Tosca tick.
The first program is Puccini’s “Tosca”: An Immersive Introduction. The history and significance of “Tosca,” the opera, and Tosca, the diva role (as embodied by its most famous interpreter, Maria Callas) will be illustrated with clips from an iconic 1964 BBC broadcast and the recently released documentary, “Maria by Callas,” followed by a Q&A with Bravo! Vail’s Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and members of the creative team.

This program is generously underwritten by Laura Tumperi and Bravo! Vail’s Tosca Circle


Robert Marx

Robert Marx


The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

Anne-Marie McDermott

Anne-Marie McDermott

Artistic Director

Bravo! Vail