David Xenakis talks "Tosca" with Delta David Gier

Sant’Andrea della Valle

 

The South Dakota Symphony performs the Puccini Opera “Tosca” at the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls Saturday November 17th. South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Music Director Delta David Gier and Symphony Board member David Xenakis talk about the Opera and the SDSO production.

 





The historical context of the Tosca - Interview

 

The Act 1 setting for Tosca in the city of Rome - Interview

Photograph - Front of the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, front on the Corso Vittorio Immanuelle, Rome, Italy.
Photograph - Closer view of the front of the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle.
Photograph - Interior view of the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle showing the alabaster windows of the lantern.

Music Clip - “Recondita armonia”, one of the two famous tenor arias in this opera. It is sung by Mario close to the beginning.
Music Clip - “Ed io venvivo a lui totta dogliosa” is sung by Tosca just after her duet with Mario in Act I.
Music Clip - “Tre sbirri..una carrozza” is sung at the end of Act I by Scarpia, preparations for the Mass are going on around him as he scemes to capture Angelotti and, at the same time, how he will seduce Tosca.

 

The Act 2 setting for Tosca in the city of Rome- Interview

Photograph - Detail from an 18th-century engraving by Giuseppe Vasi of the Palazzo Farnese, Via della Farnese, Rome, Italy.

Photograph - Contemporary view of the front façade, designed by Michelangelo, of the Palazzo Farnese, now occupied by the Embassy of France in Italy.

Music Clip -“Vissi a’arte, vissi d’amore” translates as “I’ve lived for art, I’ve lived for love”. It is sung by Tosca (this character’s greatest aria in the opera) during Act II as she is wondering how her life has put her at Scarpia’s mercy.

 

The Act 3 setting for Tosca in the city of Rome- Interview

Photograph - Close-up of Castello de San Angelo, Rome, Italy.
Photograph - Across the Tiber of the Castello de San Angelo.

Music Clip -“E luceban le stelle” is sung by Mario at the beginning of Act III, knowing that his life is coming to an end and realizing how much he regrets leaving his beloved Tosca.

The transition from a play and the production of the opera Tosca- Interview

The original production Tosca represents a turning point in Opera- Interview

The SDSO production of Tosca and audience preparation tips- Interview

 

Kelly Cae Hogan (http://www.mule-agency.com/artistes/sopr_kelly) will sing the role of Tosca and talks with Delta David Geir - Interview

 

Kip Wilborn (http://www.kipwilborn.com/) will sing the role of Cavaradossi and talks with Delta David Gier - Interview

 

Gary Simpson (http://www.garysimpsonbaritone.com/) will sing the role of Scapia and talks with Delta David Gier - Interview


All Photographs courtesy David Xenakis

 

 

David Xenakis interviews Delta David Gier

 

David Xenakis and Symphony Music Director Delta David Gier discuss the music program for the Clasical concert October 13th and 14th, 2007...Beethoven Symphony No3 "Eroica" and the Libermann Piano Concerto.

 

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David Xenakis and Symphony Music Director Delta David Gier discuss the new String Quartet partnership between the South Dakota Symphony and Augustana College.

 

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“It’s such a joyful experience that takes you away from ordinary life. It really renews my spirit and gives me something to look forward to.”

 
– Yvonne Doss,

Symphony Subscribers since 2006

 

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