The Opéra of Montréal will open its 2017-18 season with an all-time classic: Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, a drama in three acts revolving around a love triangle. A painter (Mario Cavaradossi) and a singing diva (Tosca) are in love, but Scarpia, the chief of Roma’s Police is looking for a political dissident who is hiding at Cavaradossi’s work place. Scarpia is so enraptured by Tosca’s beauty that he will do anything in his power to have sex with her…
After portraying the desperate diva in Los Angeles, Ms. Moore returns to the title role of Puccini’s Tosca in Montreal, where she’ll sing four performances on September 16, 19, 21 and 23. The classic Ponnelle production will be directed by Jose Maria Condemi. Of Ms. Moore’s role debut in 2012, the San Francisco Gate said about her Vissi d’arte that “[she] shaped the aria’s phrases with limpid purity but also a sense of cunning artifice.”
Ms. Moore will be joined on stage by Giancarlo Monsalve as Tosca’s doomed lover Cavaradossi and Gregory Dahl will portray the villain Scarpia, with Giuseppe Grazioli conducting all performances. For more information and tickets, click here.
Watch a short video of Ms. Moore in the role below:
Soprano Melody Moore believes in female empowerment — perhaps that’s why she’s so drawn to the Lady Macbeths and Floria Toscas of the operatic stage. Luckily, these are the types of roles she’s been polishing since her earliest days as a budding singer, meticulously analyzing each and every leading lady throughout her development. But Moore is all grown up now, and on May 13 she once again steps into the title role of Puccini’s Tosca at LA Opera, under the baton of Maestro Grant Gershon.
Melody Moore joins the New Century Chamber Orchestra as a special guest artist on their biggest concert event of the season. In celebration of 25 years of music-making, the “Silver Jubilee” is an all–Gershwin extravaganza featuring Ms. Moore and baritone Efrain Solis in selected songs, pianist Anne Marie-McDermott in the seldom-heard theater orchestra version of Rhapsody in Blue and the suite from An American in Paris. Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg leads the performance on May 20 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
Following Ms. Moore’s successful debut in the title role of “Kátya Kabanová” with Seattle Opera she travels to Los Angeles Opera to star as opera’s most impassioned prima donna, Floria Tosca. In this thrilling revival of the John Caird staging Ms. Moore is joined by Russell Thomas as Cavaradossi and Kihun Yoon as Scarpia. Maestro James Colon leads the performance on May 13. For performance information and tickets, click here
“As the ill-fated heroine, Melody Moore combined her splendid vocal and theatrical gifts to deeply moving effect. She had full control over her powerful soprano, projecting the high-lying part easily across Janáček’s most tempestuous orchestration and applying exquisite shading and shaping. Moore conveyed Katya’s fear of her locked-up emotions with tremulous beauty, turning her final scene into an ecstatic vision of release that kept a refreshing distance from clichés of operatic madness.”
Thomas May – The Seattle Times