On April 12th & 13th, the Asheville Lyric Opera will present the operatic masterwork Toscaby Giacomo Puccini. The ALO has been praised as an institution of culture in WNC and for its consistently remarkable offerings of operatic favorites. The company is proud to showcase stars of the opera world, paring them with professional regional artists. Both local Asheville audiences and those visiting this unique Southern city are delighted by the emotion, talent, and beauty presented each season.
The ALO’s premier performance of Tosca marks the end of its 14thseason. The thrilling cast includes Kathy Pyeatt in the title role and La Scala tenor Steven Mark Brown as Cavaradossi. Pyeatt is a remarkably acclaimed singer who has won devoted fans across the nation for her vocal beauty and stunning stage presence. Brown has emerged as a tenor of staggering vocal and emotional power. It is no small accolades that Luciano Pavarotti said of him, “this tenor reminds me very much of myself.” The cast also includes Metropolitan Opera featured baritone Galen Scott Bower as Scarpia, Dominic Aquilino as Cesare Angelotti, Ric Furman as Spoletta, & Roberto Flores as the Sacristan.
This performance is an original production featuring lavish sets by Julie K. Ross and the expert direction of David Carl Toulson. Toulson boasts not only stunning credentials (he has worked alongside Placido Domingo and James Levine), but has crafted a strong identity of his own with the quality and liveliness of his works. CVNC wrote of a recent production he conducted for the ALO, “Indeed, I have never been present among an audience that responded to events on stage with as much uncontrolled enthusiasm as did the great majority of people around me.” Conductor Dan Allcott, music director of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, guarantees that the music will bring beauty and flourish to match
For more information visit www.ashevillelyric.org.