Puccini's Tosca
June 3, 4, 5  at 7:30pm EST St. John's Cathedral or Online

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Tosca

by Puccini

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

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Marya Barry

Stage Director 

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. 

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Brian Holman

Conductor 

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.

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Brandon Coffer

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. 

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Tosca

Kathryn Frady

Frady returns to the MCO stage as Tosca. Frady won most memorable opera performance in Knoxville for her performances as Suor Angelica, Violetta, and Amelia in Amelia Lost.

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Scarpia

Jacob Lassetter

Jacob Lassetter makes his Marble City Opera debut as Scarpia. He will also be singing the role  of Tonio in I pagliacci with Painted Sky Opera later this year.

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Sciarrone

Maurice Hendricks

Maurice Hendricks returns to the Marble City Opera stage as Sciarrone. Most recently seen in Romeo & Juliet with Knoxville Opera. 

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Sacristan

Daniel Spiotta

Daniel Spiotta makes his Marble City Opera debut as the Sacristan. A native to TN, Spiotta most recently performed in a new opera, Kayfabe with Opera Memphis.

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Brandon Evans

Cavaradossi

Brandon Evans returns to the MCO stage as Cavaradossi. With MCO he was most recently seen in productions of Pagliacci, Postcard from Morocco, La Traviata, and Sweets by Kate.

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David Crawford

Angelotti

 David Crawford makes his debut with MCO in his cameo appearance as Angelotti. Crawford looks forward to returning to the MET for productions of Macbeth, Rosenkavalier, and Wozzeck.

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Breyon Ewing

Spoletta

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. 

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Kayla Beard

Shepard Boy 

No stranger to Marble City Opera stages, Kayla beard joins the cast as Shepard Boy and was most recently seen in the   World Premiere production of Royal Flush. 

CHORUS & ORCHESTRA

SOPRANO

Ryan Colbert

Jere Doherty

Kayla Beard

ALTO

Julie Belanger Roy

Elaine Hudson

TENOR

Tim Pope

Patrick Minton

BARITONE

Brandon Gibson

Jacob Lay

VIOLIN 1

Kimberly Simpkons

VIOLIN 2

Clara Elizabeth Prinston

VIOLA

Shelly Armor

CELLO

Alicia Randisi-Hooker

BASS

Daniel Shifflett

PERCUSSION

Dale Disney

FLUTE

Margaret Moore

OBOE

Lydia Schoen

CLARINET

Victor Chavez

BASSOON

Trevor Jones

HORN 

Kelsey Bentley

TRUMPET

Sarah Chumney Fellenbaum

PIANO/ORGAN

Brandon Coffer