Tosca January 20 - 24, 2016
Archivio Storico Ricordi © Ricordi & C. S.r.l. Milano


January 20 7:30PM
January 21 7:30PM
January 22 7:30PM
January 23 7:30PM
January 24 4:00PM


Stage Director
Associate Set Designer
Associate Costume designer
Lighting Designer

press & reviews

Those who long for Franco Zeffirelli’s sumptuously conservative production of Puccini’s masterpiece, which the Met replaced with the austerely modernist Luc Bondy staging in 2009, might well be cheered by the NYCO Renaissance production
—Russell Platt, The New Yorker
  • Kristin Sampson

    Floria Tosca

    Praised by The New York Times as a “plush-voiced soprano” Kristin Sampson (Tosca) began the 2015-16 season with a debut at Potenza’s Teatro Francesco Stabile as Mimi in La bohème. A recent recipient of a grant from the Olga Forrai foundation, her upcoming engagements include Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at Fondazione Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, the title role in Madama Butterfly at Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, and concert appearances in Italy and the U.S. During the 2014-15
    season, Ms. Sampson was a featured artist in American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice program, appeared on OPERA America’s Creators in Concert featuring the music of Tobias Picker, performed Santuzza with Opera at Florham, appeared as a featured soloist on the NYCO Renaissance Gala concert celebrating the life of the late Julius Rudel and performed in concert throughout the East Coast. She has performed in the U.S. with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Augusta Opera, El Paso Opera and the National Lyric Opera among others, and internationally with the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Armel Opera Festival, National Theater of Szeged, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

  • Latonia Moore

    Floria Tosca

    In 2012 American soprano Latonia Moore (Tosca) made an unexpected, triumphant Metropolitan Opera debut as Aïda that elicited raves from critics and audiences alike. Since that auspicious debut she has sung Aïda at Covent Garden; the Opernhaus Zurich; Opera Australia; the New National Theatre in Tokyo; the Dallas, San Diego, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Detroit Operas; and the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony. Other recent successes include Covent Garden (Liù); Hamburg State Opera (Amelia in Un ballo in maschera and Simon Boccanegra, Cio-Cio-San); Dresden’s Semperoper (Liù, Mimi, Cio-Cio-San); and leading roles at Opera Australia, Opéra de Québec, New York City Opera and Ópera de Bilbao. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Cincinnati Symphony, and WDR Funkhausorchester Köln; and has appeared as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony and at the Festival de Paques de Deauville. She has recorded Verdi’s Macbeth for Chandos and Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon. Her awards include Dallas Opera’s Maria Callas Award; The Richard Tucker Foundation Grant; first prize at both the Marseilles Competition and the International Competition dell’Opera, Dresden; and winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Auditions.

  • James Valenti

    Mario Cavaradossi

    Internationally acclaimed tenor James Valenti (Cavaradossi) has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence, ardent vocal style and voice of warm Italianate luster. After training at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, he made his professional debut at age 25 at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, as Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Boheme.” Since his debut, he has had one successful role after another and has performed in many of the world’s most celebrated theaters including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House London, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Sydney Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Opernhaus Zürich. Engagements for the 2015/16 season include the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Jalisco Philharmonic, and he will be seen in the same role later this year at the Wrocław Opera in Poland. Mr. Valenti has received a number of accolades in his career, including the New York City Opera’s Outstanding Debut Artist Award in 2008, the Maria Callas Debut Artist Award in 2009 and the Richard Tucker Award in 2010.

  • Raffaele Abete

    Mario Cavaradossi

    As the winner of the competition “Una voce per l’Arena,” tenor Raffaele Abete (Cavaradossi) made his debut at the Arena di Verona as Ismaele in Nabucco in the summer of 2015. His other recent engagements include Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette on opening night of Arena di Verona’s 93rd Lyric season, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Gaetano Donizetti in Bergamo, and Rodolfo in La Bohème and the Duke in Rigoletto at the prestigious Lirica in Piazza festival in Massa Marittima.  Mr. Abete’s upcoming engagements include Carmen at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Rigoletto at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and La Traviataat the Arena di Verona. Born in Naples in 1984, Mr. Abete studied at the Conservatorio di Musica Domenico Cimarosa in Avellino under the guidance of Maestro Pasquale Tizzani. He currently resides in Milan and studies with Maestro Antonio Lemmo.

  • Michael Chioldi

    Baron Scarpia

    Baritone Michael Chioldi (Scarpia) has received acclaim from critics and audiences worldwide for his portrayals of the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss. Recent role debuts include the title roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera, and Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore; Conte di Luna in Il trovatore with Utah Opera; Rodrigo in Don Carlo and Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Austin Lyric Opera; Belfiore in Un giorno di regno with Odyssey Opera; and Giacomo in Giovanna D’Arco with Chicago Opera Theater. His 2014–15 season included his debut at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, as Macbeth; Scarpia at Toledo Opera; Jochanaan at Virginia Opera; and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at New Orleans Opera. Mr. Chioldi has performed at nearly every major American opera house, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. Signature roles include: Scarpia (Hawaii Opera Theater, Ft. Worth Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera de Oviedo); Jochanaan (Utah Opera, Saito Kinen Festival); Enrico (Washington National Opera, Utah Opera); and Sharpless (Washington National Opera and New York City Opera in an Emmy Award-winning, Live From Lincoln Center broadcast).

  • Carlo Guelfi

    Baron Scarpia

    Having performed at all of the world’s major opera houses, baritone Carlo Guelfi, (Scarpia) is regarded today as one of the world’s premier baritones. Born in Rome, he began his studies with his uncle Renato Guelfi at a very young age. In 1983 he won the Aureliano Pertile international vocal competition and immediately embarked on a brilliant international career. His name soon appeared in the programs of La Scala in Milan (La Gioconda,Tosca,Adriana Lecouvreur, Aida), the Metropolitan Opera (Rigoletto, Otello), Carnegie Hall (I Puritani, Giovanna d’Arco, Ernani) Vienna State Opera (Il trovatore, Macbeth), as well as the opera houses of Rome, Florence, Bologna, Genoa, Venice, Zurich, Munich, Madrid, Barcelona the Arena di Verona, Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, Salzburg Festival, and the New National Foundation in Tokyo. Mr. Guelfi has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Bruno Bartoletti, Leonard Bernstein, Semyon Bychkov, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Peter Maag, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson and Christian Thielemann and has recorded on CD and DVD for the labels EMI, DECCA and RAITRADE.

  • Pacien Mazzagatti ( Conductor )

    Heralded by Opera News as “clearly a name to watch,” conductor Pacien Mazzagatti has garnered considerable critical acclaim for his work conducting opera both in the United States and abroad. His recent notable performances in New York include leading the New York City Opera Orchestra in a Gala commemorating the life and legacy of Julius Rudel, performances of Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Symphony Space and productions of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Saint of Bleecker Street at Dicapo Opera Theatre where he served as music director from 2006 to 2014. He has recently led performances at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theater, Moscow’s International House of Music, and guest conducted at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw for three consecutive seasons. He is a native of Philadelphia and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of music.

  • Lev Pugliese ( Stage Director )

    This NYCO Renaissance production of Tosca marks the U.S. debut of Italian stage director Lev Pugliese. He recently staged Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa; Aida for the Summer Opera Festival in Puglia, Don Giovanni and La bohème at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet in Skopje, Macedonia and the International Festival of Dance and Music in Bangkok.

  • Ildikó Debrezceni ( Associate Costume designer )

    Ildikó Debreczeni has been designing costumes for theater, dance and film for over 30 years. In 1995 she established elmez-Art Ltd. in her hometown of Szolnok, Hungary. Starting out with only a handful of employees producing costumes for local theaters, the company has steadily grown in size and scope.  In 2007, through an association with the Armel Opera Festival, Jelmez-Art began producing costumes for foreign clients. Having quickly established an international reputation, 80% of the company’s work is now devoted to international clients. Included among Jelmez-Art’s loyal partners are the Bayreuth Festival, Bregenz Festival, Graz Opera, Bergen National Opera, and many more opera houses in Germany, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, the USA, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland and Belgium.

  • Susan Roth ( Lighting Designer )

    Susan Roth (Lighting Designer) has designed lighting for theater, opera and dance in the US and abroad. International opera credits include Tobias Picker's Emmeline and Robert Ward's The Crucible, which were televised throughout Europe on Mezzo TV as part of the Armel Opera Festival. She has designed for a number of opera companies in the U.S. including Tampa Opera, Augusta Opera, Orlando Opera, and Toledo Opera and was resident designer for Dicapo Opera. Ms. Roth served as the lighting designer for the 75th Anniversary tour of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other U.S. national theater tour credits include Dreamgirls, Cabaret, Purlie, Little Shop of Horrors, and One Mo Time. International tours include Ain’t Misbehavin', West Side Story, and Crazy for You. Ms. Roth was resident designer for the Westport Playhouse for ten years and designed the U.S. premier of Public Enemy, a play by Kenneth Branagh; and the world premiere of Feau Follet for the Elisa Monte-Dance Company.

Pacien Mazzagatti
Stage Director
Lev Pugliese
Associate Set Designer
John Farrell
Associate Costume designer
Ildikó Debrezceni
Lighting Designer
Susan Roth