Iconic, fully-staged opera set to hit Mississauga soon

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Published February 5, 2024 at 10:59 am

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A night out at the opera might sound decadent (or quite old school), but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility for music lovers in Mississauga. 

The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (MSO) recently announced that it is holding another fully-staged opera at the Living Arts Centre this week. On Feb. 8 and 10, theatre fans can see Puccini’s Tosca in Hammerson Hall.

Both shows will commence at 8 p.m.

The production, set in 19th-century Rome during the Napoleonic era, explores love, jealousy and betrayal through the eyes of painter Cavaradossi (Ernesto Ramirez) and singer Tosca (Angela Maria Sanchez), two lovers forced to deal with the tragic fallout that occurs after Cavaradossi rescues a political prisoner from a villainous police chief. 

The show will feature performances by Ramirez (a Mexican tenor who has appeared in Madama Butterly, La Boheme and Carmen), Sanchez (a soprano who has appeared in Cavalleria rusticana), Andrey Andreychik (a baritone who has appeared in Idomeneo and Cavalleria rusticana) and Gabriel Sanchez Ortega (bass singer who has performed in La Boheme and The Marriage of Figaro). 

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Tosca is not the MSO’s first fully-staged opera. Over the past few years, the symphony has staged productions of Carmen, La Boheme and La Traviata

La Boheme, MSO’s second opera, welcomed 1,500 people to the venue over the course of its two-night run in February 2019.

In a news release, the MSO said it’s excited to share Tosca with fans. 

“Featuring an incredible cast, magnificent sets, and world-class costumes, the MSO’s fully staged production promises an unforgettable evening filled with love, drama, and the splendour of grand opera,” the orchestra said, adding that the MSO is the only hybrid orchestra in Canada that produces fully-staged opera.

Tickets range in price from $30 (youths) to $95 (adults) and can be purchased here or by calling 905-306-6000. 

Complimentary heated underground parking is included with every ticket purchase. 

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