Michele Capalbo (photo by Andrew Alexander)
Tosca : Love and Jealousy
by Jim Murchison
The scenery design by David Gano was provided by the New Orleans Opera Association. While all three acts provided appropriate mood the third act set was spectacular. The design gave the illusion of the stage being a mile deep with its clever use of perspective of the building in the distance and the majestic height of the stone walls in the foreground.
Stage director Guy Montavon moves the characters through their action with confidence creating memorable effective tableaus and he is greatly assisted by the lighting design of Kevin Lamotte that brightly illuminates the principals and splashes an ominous blood red light at times of certain foreboding peril.
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes including two intermissions
[Editor's note: aside from the medical emergency on opening night, Opera Lyra also fired Valerian Ruminski, set to play the Sacristan, due to homophobic remarks the Russian singer had made on Facebook. See the CBC report. The Charlebois Post - Canada would like to salute the company for moving so quickly on Ruminski's inexcusable remarks.]