ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/THEATRE

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By News Release
JAFFREY — London’s Royal Opera House production of Puccini’s operatic thriller, TOSCA will be shown in HD at the River Street Theatre (RST) in Jaffrey on Sunday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 14, both at 2pm  This presentation is part of the RST’s Stage2Screen Series.
Drama, passion and fabulous music – Puccini’s master work is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley.
From its strident opening chords, TOSCA conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – and with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
TOSCA was filmed in high definition video and audio in London on February 7, 2018.
The Express of London calls this TOSCA production, ”An opera that reveals the glorious depth of Puccini’s music… a superb evening.
Tickets for Stage2Screen presentations are $20.00 (students/teachers with valid ID $15). Advance ticket purchases are encouraged due to the intimate nature of the RST theatre. The box office telephone number is (603) 532-8888 or go to riverst.org/calendar. Tickets can also be purchased at 7 days a week at OvationTix by calling 1-866-811-4111.