Opera San José’s Tosca: A review by Patsy Ledbetter

I sat in awesome wonder watching San Jose Opera’s glorious Opera, “Tosca” on Sunday afternoon, the 28th of November. The story of an opera diva brought down by the chief of Rome’s secret police, Tosca is dramatic and compelling.  The beautiful music, drama and passion were displayed breathtakingly by all of the cast.  The leading lady, Floria Tosca was portrayed by Rebecca Davis.  She captured the audience with Puccini’s lovely melodies.  Mario Cavaradossi, was brilliantly portrayed by Christopher Bengochea.  The evil Baron Scarpia was Torlef Borsting. His dramatic performance was captivating. Cesare Angelotti, the political prisoner was Krassen Karagiozov.  He was very convincing in his role.  Several adorable children were seen as alter boys. The the entire company was powerful every time they sang as a group.  The conductor, David Rohrbaugh was extremely entertaining as he managed to lead the orchestra magnificently.  Set designer, Erik Flatmo made each member of the audience give special attention to his art work. The costumes by Elizabeth Poindexter were especially beautiful and the lighting by Kent Dorsey was perfect.  I had a wonderful afternoon visiting the opera and am encouraging anyone interested to check out the next performance at the Opera San Jose during it’s 27th season.

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Patsy Ledbetter may be reached at patsyled@sbcglobal.net.

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