Puccini's 'Tosca' brings song, passion to West Bay Opera stage

A new production of Puccini's classic tale of passion, oppression and death, "Tosca," will be presented Oct. 11 through 20 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

"Tosca" was first presented at West Bay Opera in 1977. This is the company's sixth production of the work, which is sung in Italian with English titles.

Stacey Stofferahn sings the title role, and David Gustafson is Mario Cavaradossi -- Tosca's lover who shares her tragic fate.

Philip Skinner returns to West Bay Opera as Scarpia, Rome's unscrupulous chief of police. Mr. Skinner portrayed Iago in last year's production of "Otello."

The cast also includes Nadav Hart as Spoletta, William O'Neill as Angelotti, Carl King as the Sagrestano, and Mathew Pierce as Sciarrone. The opera's general director and conductor is Jose Luis Moscovich. Stage direction is by Richard Harrell.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 19; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 and 20. The Oct. 13 performance will be followed by a post-performance discussion with the cast and directors seated onstage.

There are no performances on Saturday, Oct. 12, or Friday, Oct. 18. There will be a free preview with piano at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. in Palo Alto.

Tickets are $40 to $75. For tickets, call 424-9999 or visit the West Bay Opera website.


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