At Ease with Opera Focuses on Plot of Tosca
August 7, 2009
The At Ease with Opera series returns to the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., in August with two programs focusing on the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s September production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.
On Monday, August 17, at 7 p.m. Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild speaker Don Dagenais will preview the plot and music of Puccini’s opera Tosca.
Tosca is one of Puccini’s most popular operas, ranking eighth on Opera America’s 2008 list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.
Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Puccini’s dramatic music helps tell the story of a political game of cat-and-mouse.
On Monday, August 31, at 7 p.m. Kansas City Lyric set designer R. Keith Brumley presents his set designs for the upcoming production of Tosca.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Tosca, Brumley said, is the demand upon the set designer for creativity on a broad scale in a small space, at an affordable price. In each of the three acts of Tosca, the set designer must fashion the appearance and aura of a prominent building that existed in 19th century Rome (and still exists today).
Brumley will discuss how set designers handle these extraordinary venues, particularly in times of budgetary constraints.
Admission to both programs is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest or you may RSVP online.
Founded in 1961, the Lyric Opera Guild is the principal support organization for the Lyric Opera and continues to offer a variety of activities and programs.