June 3, 4, 5 at 7:30pm EST St. John's Cathedral or Online
Tosca is a political thriller, set in Rome in June 1800 (during the Napoleonic wars and a time of great political unrest). The action takes place over less than 24 hours, making it an intense experience!
The plot centres around three main characters – Rome’s diva Floria Tosca, her lover Mario Cavaradossi (a painter and republican) and the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia. Scarpia has long lusted after Tosca, and when he suspects Cavaradossi of assisting an escaped political prisoner, seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. He will manipulate Tosca into revealing the prisoner’s hiding place and Cavaradossi’s involvement, and have her for himself.
When Cavaradossi is captured, Scarpia offers Tosca a horrific bargain – she must give herself to Scarpia, or her lover is killed… what will she choose, and who will survive?
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Meet the Team
Marya Barry is an alumnus of the University of TN Opera theatre program where she studied opera performance and directing with James Marvel. Barry is excited to be making her third directing debut with Marble City Opera this season. She has worked as an assistant director with Marble City Opera in productions such as The Human Voice, Follow Suit, and The Telephone. Marya also directed two U.S premieres with Marble City Opera: The Nero Monologues in 2018 and City of Ashes in 2019.
Brian Holman returns to Marble City Opera for his third production with the company. Most recently with MCO he conducted the World Premiere of Shadowlight, and La Traviata at Historic Westwood. Holman has performed on four continents to great acclaim with Opera Africa, Treasure Coast Opera, New Rochelle Opera, New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-En, and DETOUR New Music Ensemble.
Music Director & Pianist
Brandon Coffer is a sought out collaborative pianist in Knoxville, TN. Coffer has been music director for Marble City Opera since 2014 and has accompanied or played in the orchestra ensembles of 16 MCO productions and dozens of outreach performances and concerts. Coffer also teaches piano at LeGrand Music Studios and plays for First Baptist Knoxville.
Maurice Hendricks returns to the Marble City Opera stage as Sciarrone. Most recently seen in Romeo & Juliet with Knoxville Opera.
Breyon Ewing returns to Marble City Opera's stage as Spoletta. Ewing has been seen in MCO productions such as Shadowlight, Amahl & the Night Visitors, La Traviata, Sweets by Kate, and Gift of the Magi.
CHORUS & ORCHESTRA
Julie Belanger Roy
Clara Elizabeth Prinston
Sarah Chumney Fellenbaum