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Shabby Little Shocker in the Big Easy

David Browning | Posted 04.10.2016 | Arts
David Browning

Tosca is a story of political intrigue, murder, lust, and a jealous soprano. (No, really, this is on stage, not in the wings.) Puerile or not, Tosca can always be counted on to sell tickets, and audiences leave humming its melodies. When done well, it can be devastating.

Roman Holiday: Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 12.18.2015 | Arts
Opera Teen

A new production of Tosca by Sir David McVicar is rumored to open on New Year's Eve in 2017. Maybe a new beginning is exactly what Tosca at the Met needs.

Take Them to Tosca!

Justin Moss | Posted 05.12.2014 | Miami
Justin Moss

All of us have a desire to share things we love with people we care about. If our friends end up liking it too, we've managed to introduce them to som...

The New 'Tosca' Is Back Onstage And It's Still Shocking

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera returned its controversial production of Puccini's Tosca to the stage last night with Patricia Racette in the title role and Ro...

Here's Your Preview Of The Upcoming Metropolitan Opera Season

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

When the curtain rises on the new Metropolitan Opera season Monday night, the roller-coaster ride that has marked Peter Gelb's seven years as general ...

Beat Poets, Acid Gurus, the Governor and Me

Steve Heilig | Posted 04.03.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

A local saloon changing owners is rarely front-page news in the big city, but the recent sale of Tosca, in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, has received much attention.

Movie Star Helps Rescue Iconic North Beach Bar

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.26.2013 | San Francisco

If recent history has taught us anything, it's that San Francisco is serious about saving its iconic bars. Case in point: North Beach's Tosca Cafe. ...

On the Road to North Beach

Zachary Ehren | Posted 03.10.2013 | San Francisco
Zachary Ehren

We sparked some tea and spit seeds onto the street, pulsing to the rhythm of the passing cars while feeling the ghosts of North Beach -- Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, and the rest of our long-gone friends -- falling further away.

Melody Moore Steps Into Tosca Opening Night at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.27.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Opera fans love real-time drama -- a favorite episode being The Last-Minute Replacement. Following the first intermission, it was announced that Ms. Gheorghiu had been rushed off to the hospital and would be replaced by Melody Moore. Following the murmurs and gasps, the audience applauded.

Must It Always Be a Man's World?

George Heymont | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

If the past six months proved anything about the battle between the sexes, it was that many men have absolutely no idea how women think or feel. And although show business is often cited as an indicator of cultural progress, sometimes it sends mixed messages.

Friday Fresco

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.24.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

When you have a tendency to write about San Francisco, and you have been doing it enough, certain themes keep coming back around, whether you want them to or not.

Astoria Characters: The Svelte Soprano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Even when she's not on stage, Jenny, a Valkyrie whose waves of golden ringlets cascade down her shoulders, has quite a stage presence. Runway-model slim, she stands nearly six feet tall in her flat gold sandals.

Soprano Patricia Racette Talks About Tosca as Washington National Opera Launches its Fall Season

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 11.06.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg


Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.

Stage Door: Venus In Fur, Tosca E Le Altre Due

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

The new show at the CSC is a smart, provocative, clever adaptation of a 19th-century erotic tale of power and submission. It deserves an extended run and a wider audience.

Culture Zohn: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann), or, a Four-Way Gets Complicated

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2009-12-03-netreb.jpgCharles Fabius, former director of artistic programming of the Paris Opera, helps me lay out the complexities of the new opera at the Met.

Summer's End

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

This chilly fall is premature, I think. While technically we are in the autumn, we should remember that on election day last Nov. 4 we were basking i...

Peter Gelb and His Met: No Booing Please

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What occurs to me about the booing is that it might begin to color attitudes towards the Met under Peter Gelb for whom this 2009-10 season is the first with no vestigial ties to Joseph Volpe.

Obama and the K Street Set

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Barack Obama's Washington was not supposed to be the lobbyists' Washington, the place we learned to despise during the last administration.

Tosca in Times Square, or, the Piazza di Nuova York

Alex Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Henry

Having gone just to witness the scene, I stayed for the second and third acts, foraging for some pizza and Pellegrino at one of the intermissions to complete the Italian effect.

Culture Zohn Off the C(H)uff: Milena Canonero, Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Collaborates at the Metropolitan Opera

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2009-09-21-zohnbox.jpg "In opera after the first night you don't know what will happen; it's a moveable feast!"

To the Presidential Candidates....Debate This!

Deirdre Imus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deirdre Imus

No question, the energy and economic crisis affect us all. But noticeably absent from the primaries and now the presidential debates have been any discussions about America's children.