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The Opera That Changed My Life: Tosca


As we are currently presenting Puccini's Tosca, we wanted to share this Tosca-themed entry to our blog series. The Opera That Changed My Life explores the moments when people became opera lovers.

Tom Shaw-Stiffel

While growing up, I was immersed in classical music but I hated opera! After a "graduation" trip to Rome in 1982 at the age of 24, I turned on the TV one Sunday afternoon and Tosca with [Plácido] Domingo and [Mirella] Freni was just starting. The fact that it was filmed on location in Rome caught my eye, so I got out my mom's old 1950s Guide to the Opera and followed along. Needless to say, that afternoon changed my life forever!!!


Above: Mirella Freni singing "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca in a 1985 concert in Lugano, Switzerland.


Above: Plácido Domingo and Raina Kabaivanska singing "Non la sospiri, la nostra casetta" and "Qual'occhio" from Tosca.

Puccini's Tosca is onstage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts until May 20. For more information and tickets, please click here.

Banner image: Adrianne Pieczonka (foreground) with (l-r, background) Mark Delavan and David Cangelosi in ​Tosca ​(COC, 2012), photo by Michael Cooper

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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