- $29 for one ticket to New Philharmonic presents Puccini’s Tosca (up to $66 value)
- When: Saturday, September 20, at 8 p.m. or Sunday, September 21, at 3 p.m.
- Where: Belushi Performance Hall in McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
New Philharmonic Presents Puccini’s Tosca
Political intrigue and passion combine to form a beautiful poison in Puccini’s melodramatic masterpiece Tosca. After his escape, political prisoner Angelotti seeks asylum with his dear friend Cavaradossi, a painter employed by his family chapel. They enlist the help of Cavaradossi’s beautiful inamorata, Tosca, whose greatest weakness is her overpowering love for him. Hot on Angelotti’s tail is the formidable police chief Scarpia, driven by twin desires: to capture the prisoner and to possess Tosca for himself. So when his officers net Cavaradossi instead of the fugitive himself, Scarpia realizes that he may have gained the bargaining chip he needs to achieve both of his goals.
The bell-toned tenor Dominic Armstrong takes on Cavaradossi, counterbalanced by the foreboding baritone of Corey Crider as Scarpia. But the real star of the show is Tosca, played by Karen Slack. Praised as a “voluptuous soprano voice with silvery top notes and a formidable chest register” by Opera Today, Slack is a favorite in the Chicago area and can be caught as Serena in the Lyric Opera’s staging of Porgy and Bess in November. These nationally renowned voices are more than up to the task of some of opera’s beloved arias, from Cavaradossi’s ode to beauty in “Recondita Armonia” to Tosca’s heartrending plea to God when forced to choose between the life of her beloved and the embrace of her nemesis.
McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage
Hailed as “the cultural center for greater DuPage County” by the Daily Herald, the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage provides a training ground for fledgling artists and an entertainment hub for the community. The center—affectionately referred to as “The MAC”—houses three theaters and an art gallery, each outfitted to host touring productions or lavish oil painting revues. Throughout the year, visitors can stop by to take in a play, sway to the beat during a concert, or peruse works by national and international artists.
McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage
Belushi Performance Hall
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137