Metropolitan Opera: 'Tosca' at the movies, Saturday November 9

Local favorite Patricia Racette, stars in Puccini title role. Photo: Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna/cr. Ken Howard

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2013 – The New York Metropolitan Opera’s popular “Live in HD” series of movie theater opera simulcasts continues Saturday, November 9, with a live broadcast of the company’s current production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” 

The simulcast, which stars Washington favorite, soprano Patricia Racette as Tosca and tenor Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi, will begin at 12:55 EST in select theaters here and across the country. Top soprano Renée Fleming will host the transmission. 

During the opera’s two intermissions, Ms. Fleming and the Met will present two special features, including what’s billed as “an exclusive live peek into rehearsals” for the company’s upcoming “Falstaff,” under the baton of James Levine. Verdi’s final opera, his comic masterpiece, will be the Met’s featured movie theater simulcast on December 14. 

Intermission features also offer interviews with “Tosca’s” principal singers and the Met’s chorus master, Donald Palumbo, and document all the frantic backstage activity involved in the scenery changes between “Tosca’s” second and third acts which move the action from the villainous Scarpia’s sumptuous quarters to the bleak quarters where Cavaradossi will spend his last hours on Earth. 

The Met’s “Tosca” simulcast will run approximately three hours and 35 minutes and will be aired locally at the Mazza Gallerie 7 and AMC Tyson’s Corner 16 theater complexes in the DC metro area. For those who can’t catch the live show, “Tosca” will be recorded and rebroadcast at both theater complexes in an encore performance on November 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. local time. 

For local ticket prices and information, including which theaters and sites across the country will be showing the “Tosca” simulcast, visit

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Now writing on investing, politics, music, movies and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was formerly the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2009) before moving online with Communities in 2010.  



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