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“Tosca”: Meet the Director and Cast Member

  • 12:00 PM

Meet the Director and Cast Member

With James Alexander, Patrick Carfizzi and Robert Marx

Friday, July 12, 2019
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; program begins at noon

Vail Interfaith Chapel | Vail

This is a free program; there is no reserved seating


“Tosca” is one of the most performed operas in history, yet each production and performance is unique: The director brings his or her personal perspective and each cast member brings their distinctive artistry and character. Robert Marx, frequent Metropolitan Opera Quiz panelist, leads “Tosca” director James Alexander and cast member Patrick Carfizzi through a fascinating behind-the-scenes conversation about bringing Tosca to life in Bravo! Vail’s historic production at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. 
James Alexander is co-founder and the creative director of Symphony V. As an internationally renowned Stage Director he has staged operas and plays on three continents with a number of prestigious companies, orchestras, and conductors. During the 1990s he collaborated with Maestro Seiji Ozawa and The Boston Symphony Orchestra, helping create stagings of “Salomé,”
“Pique Dame,” “Idomeneo” and the 50th Anniversary production of “Peter Grimes” at Tanglewood. For the Atlanta Symphony, he has collaborated with Maestro Robert Spano over the last seven years on stagings of “Madama Butterfly,” “La Bohéme,” “The Nightingale,” “Dr. Atomic” and “Bernstein On
Broadway,” “A Flowering Tree” and “Creation/Creator.”
In the 2018-2019 season, American bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Sacristan in Puccini’s “Tosca,” the Jailer in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites,” Betto di Signa in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” a role debut as Quinault in Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” and covers the role of Talpa in Puccini’s “Il Tabarro.” Mr. Carfizzi will also return to Lyric Opera of Kansas City to reprise the role of Don Alfonso in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” under the baton of Jane Glover. On the concert stage, Mr. Carfizzi will sing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
This program is generously underwritten by Bravo! Vail’s Tosca Circle