• Mandy Plumb

TAKING TOSCA TO THE 70s


Transporting the classic Tosca to the 1970s for its season at QPAC, Opera Queensland is having an exultant effect on Brisbane audiences once again.

Featuring Australian-born international opera singers Rachelle Durkin (soprano) and Angus Wood (tenor) as the lovers, Floria Tosca and Mario Cavaradossi respectively, it would seem the parts were written for this talented pair. Both Durkin and Wood are extremely comfortable in their roles and arias; although, it’s not Wood’s first time playing Cavaradossi.

Durkin’s mellifluous voice is like listening to the most beautiful songbird in a luscious rainforest. The role of Floria Tosca requires great acting ability as the character goes through a rollercoaster of emotions − from love to jealousy, fear to defiance, self preservation to murder, and desperation to grief. Yet Durkin’s effortless performance makes it hard to believe it is her first time playing Tosca.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra sensationally plays Puccini’s score for Tosca, which is a masterpiece in itself.

Some of the stage blocking and other artistic choices made by Director Patrick Nolan were interesting. Giving this 1900 classic opera a 1970s feel doesn’t necessarily add or subtract artistic value, but the set and lighting design are worthy of winning awards.

Opera Queensland’s Tosca is playing at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC until 22 June 2019.

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