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Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA

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The Atlanta Opera opens its 2013-2014 season with a production of Giacomo Puccini's dramatic tour de force, Tosca. Tosca will be presented on October 5, 8, 11 and 13 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and will be directed by new General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, who joined the Opera on June 1. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

The role of Baron Scarpia is performed by baritone Luis Ledesma. Ledesma is renowned for his portrayal of the sinister and manipulative Baron, and frequently sings both the heroes and villains in operas by Puccini and Verdi. Soprano Kara Shay Thomson will be making her debut with The Atlanta Opera as Floria Tosca, a role she has sung more than 75 times. The role of Mario Cavaradossi will be sung by tenor Massimiliano Pisapia, in his United States debut. The conductor of Tosca is the Atlanta Opera's Carl and Sally Gable Music Director Arthur Fagen. Tosca also will feature The Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as The Atlanta Opera Children's Chorus.

Tomer Zvulun will be the stage director for Tosca. Zvulun has previously directed The Flying Dutchman, The Magic Flute, and Lucia di Lammermoor for Atlanta audiences. The New York Times praised one of his recent operas for its, "witty, fast-paced staging" and "Felliniesque" directing style. As the Opera's general and artistic director, Zvulun is expected to direct up to two Atlanta Opera productions each season.

Amid the bloodshed of revolutionary Rome, the diva Tosca becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover, Cavaradossi, and the scheming of an evil police chief, Scarpia, who will stop at nothing to have her. Set to Puccini's intensely passionate music, this gripping story is truly cinematic in scope.

Single tickets, ranging from $26-$133 plus convenience and venue fees, can be purchased online at atlantaopera.org, or by calling 404-881-8885.

Photo Credit: Ken Howard

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Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Massimiliano Pisapia as Mario Cavaradossi

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca and Massimiliano Pisapia as Cavaradossi

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Luis Ledesma performs the role of Baron Scarpia

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Adam Kirkpatrick (Spoletta), Massimiliano Pisapia (Mario Cavaradossi), and Luis Ledesma (Baron Scarpia)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca and Luis Ledesma as Baron Scarpia

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca and Luis Ledesma as Baron Scarpia

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca, Massimiliano Pisapia (front) as Cavaradossi, and Luis Ledesma as Baron Scarpia (back)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca and Luis Ledesma as Baron Scarpia

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Luis Ledesma as Baron Scarpia

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson is Floria Tosca

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca and Luis Ledesma as Baron Scarpia

Photo Flash: First Look at The Atlanta Opera's TOSCA
Kara Shay Thomson as Floria Tosca, after she has killed the ruthless Baron Scarpia (Luis Ledesma)

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