On Saturday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Helena Civic Center, the Helena Symphony presents PUCCINI’s opera Tosca in concert. A story of love, loyalty, obsession, betrayal, murder, and political intrigue, Puccini’s Tosca is one of the most popular, powerful, and unforgettable operatic dramas. The performance by the Helena Symphony Orchestra & Chorale also includes an all-star cast of nationally-renowned soloists from throughout the country along with the Helena Youth Chorus.
Descended from a long line of musicians, Giacomo Puccini is considered the most important Italian opera composer since Verdi. While La Bohème is considered to be Puccini’s masterpiece, it was not nearly as successful as Tosca, which remains one of the most popular and successful operas today. Because Puccini took such an active role in the production of his works, the composer only wrote 12 operas, compared to Verdi’s 28. “Puccini’s greatest gift,” explains Maestro Scott, “was his ability to invent liquid, melting melodies with tender lyricism, combined with his genius of colorful orchestrations, intense emotion, and theatrical vocal lines that contribute to the stories he composed.”
The lead cast includes critically-acclaimed singers, Soprano Kathryn Frady in the title role of Tosca, world-renowned Tenor Kirk Dougherty as Mario Cavaradossi, and Helena favorite Baritone Charles Robert Stephens as the evil Scarpia.
Tickets are $55-$15 depending on seating plus a $5 transaction fee.
AFTER PARTY – Closing Night Celebration
Come Celebrate YOUR Symphony! Immediately after the 5:30 p.m. performance of Puccini’s Tosca, the Symphony hosts a special Closing Night Celebration in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom for a post-concert event in grand style, including exquisite cuisine, champagne, fun live and silent auction items, and entertainment by Ten Years Gone. This event is a great way to support the Symphony along with a chance to win Symphony Tickets for the rest of your life!!
The Closing Night Celebration is $75 per person, and $550 for table of 8.
Tickets for the performance and Closing Night Celebration can also be purchased online at www.helenasymphony.org, by calling the Symphony Box Office (406.442.1860), or visiting the Symphony Box Office located on the Walking Mall at the Livestock Building (2 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.