Opera Company of Middlebury “Tosca”
As the only major professional opera company in Vermont, OCM has been repeatedly urged to take its extraordinary productions to towns across the state. One arts administrator actually criticized the company for not doing so. “You MUST find a way to take your shows to small towns across Vermont!” she said. “Most of them have never hosted any kind of opera, much less the quality work that you do.”
Tosca premiered in Rome in 1900, and since then has become one of the most-performed operas of all time. Known for its searing drama and arching melodies, it contains three of the most famous arias ever written. At the center of the drama are three vibrant, larger-than-life characters: Tosca, a diva-like actor who is in love with painter and activist Cavaradossi, and Scarpia, the corrupt military officer who will use his power to have Tosca for himself. The opera’s depiction of the abuse of power during wartime seams sadly relevant today.