The Met: Live in HD to Transmit 11/9 Performance of TOSCA to Theaters Around the World
The November 9 matinee of Tosca, starring Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, and George Gagnidze, will be transmitted live as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 1,950 theaters in 64 countries around the world. Thirteen million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide.
Patricia Racette reprises her acclaimed performance of one of the most famous roles in opera, the heroine of Puccini's Tosca, at the Met this season. Racette sings the role beginning October 29, opposite Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as Scarpia. Sondra Radvanovsky takes the role on December 11, singing with Marcello Giordani as Cavaradossi and Gagnidze as Scarpia. Two Italian conductors, Riccardo Frizza and Marco Armiliato, lead this season's performances of Puccini's famous tragedy.
Patricia Racette made her company role debut as Tosca in 2010 and repeated the role at the Met in 2012. Her extensive Met repertory includes numerous Puccini heroines-Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Musetta and Mimì in La Bohème, and the three principal soprano roles in Il Trittico-as well as four Verdi heroines: Violetta in La Traviata, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo, and Leonora in Il Trovatore. Last season, she made her Met role debut as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, and this spring, she will add another role when she sings her first Maddalena in Giordano's Andrea Chénier.
Roberto Alagna made his Met role debut as Cavaradossi opposite Radvanovsky as Tosca in 2011, and repeated the role opposite Racette in 2012. He made his Met debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème in 1996, and his subsequent performances with the company have included the title roles in Don Carlo, Massenet's Werther, and Gounod's Faust; Radamès in Aida; Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore; the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto; Roméo in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette; Don José in Bizet's Carmen; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; Ruggero in Puccini's La Rondine; Turiddu in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana; and Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.