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Lander Library hosting Puccini's opera 'Tosca'

Nov 8, 2013 - From staff reports

The Lander Metopera will bring Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" to the Lander Library at 11 a.m. Saturday. The opera will be performed in the style of Franco Zeffirelli.

Recently, CBS's "60 Minutes" featured a lead story on the initiative that the Metropolitan Opera began a few years ago in which live performances from its stage at Lincoln Center in New York are transmitted in real time to theaters, cinemas and other venues throughout the world.

This program has been successful in popularizing and making this art form accessible to a wide spectrum of audience.

For "Tosca," Puccini took a play by Victorien Sardou that had been widely popular in the 19th century with tragic actresses such as Sarah Berhardt starring in the title role. He shortened the plot and produced an opera that has been loved by audiences since its premiere in 1900 in Rome. The music and this production of "Tosca" have been favorites in the Metropolitan repertoire for years.

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