If it weren't for opera, opera glasses would just be called glasses, and regular glasses would be called looksy-doopers. Get a good view of one of the world's most celebrated art forms with today's GrouponLive deal to Tosca, presented by Opera Memphis at the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets must be redeemed by 4 p.m. on the day of the performance. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get two tickets in the Chorus section (a $50 value, including all taxes and fees), marked in blue on the seating chart.
- For $50, you get two tickets in the Comprimario section (a $100 value including all taxes and fees), marked in orange on the seating chart.
- For $70, you get two tickets in the Principal section (a $140 value, including all taxes and fees), marked in green on the seating chart.
Opera Memphis opens its 2011–2012 season with Puccini’s timeless drama Tosca, a tale of love and tribulation set in early 19th-century Rome. In her American debut, Scottish soprano Lee Bisset morphs into the title role of opera singer Floria Tosca, churning out arias with a voice as smooth as a stick of butter wrapped in satin. Though Floria serves as the opera’s narrative compass, much of the action follows a painter named Cavaradossi as he attempts to help a political prisoner hide from the sinister Baron Scarpia’s secret police. Youthful tenor Gordon Gietz lends his pipes and boyish charm to the role, portraying both Carvaradossi’s love for Floria and his anguish when arrested by Scarpia’s men. As the opera winds toward its tragic conclusion and audience members rip out the pages of their Italian dictionaries to use as handkerchiefs, they can continue to follow along with the English titles projected above the stage.
Long before Opera Memphis was formed in 1956, the Orpheum Theatre was playing host to fine entertainment with its lushly draped and molded interior walls. Performing beneath elegantly crafted crystal chandeliers, onstage talent glimmers with a glint of timelessness usually reserved for flying teenagers consumed by chasing their own shadows.