Tosca (Yoncheva) threatens to stab Scarpia (Lucic) in a dress rehearsal for the Met’s new production of Puccini’s opera “Tosca.”
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera via AP
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McVicar's staging, planned about three years ago, lost its original tenor, soprano, baritone and conductor, and its initial replacement conductor.Sonya Yoncheva, as Floria Tosca, and tenor Vittorio Grigolo, playing painter Mario Cavaradossi, are both making their role debuts. Zeljko Lucic is Baron Scarpia and Emmanuel Villaume conducts.McVicar's concept is to avoid playing Scarpia as a cartoon villain.That impacts Tosca's approach, according to Yoncheva.Grigolo made his opera debut at age 13 as the shepherd boy in 1990 at the Rome Opera – with Luciano Pavarotti in the title role.McVicar goes back to a depiction of the Roman locales for the three acts, a change from a previous, starkly staged version that did not play well with audiences.
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