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  Tosca at The Kennedy Center


The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington

She lives for art. She dies for love. In Puccini's sure-fire favorite, Tosca, a fiery prima donna struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and truly terrific musical moments pepper a rousing score, bringing the opera's emotional extremes into sharp relief as the story rushes toward its thrilling conclusion. The crackling melodrama grabs hold from the get-go, making Tosca ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and hypocrisy in high places, Puccini's great masterpiece, performed by the Washington National Opera, comes to The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C.

Thru - May 25, 2019

Box Office: 202-467-4600

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BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...The Washington National Opera production at the Kennedy Center is a pleasure, with three fine voices leading its drama (and earning bravos in the audience) and crisp and flowing conducting of the WNO Orchestra by Spernanza Scappucci, whose arms were in strong motion from the pit even when things had come to a dramatic halt on stage."
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Roger Catlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...In previous productions of Tosca I've seen elsewhere, I related to the characters more in theory than as allegory. This time, Puccini's skillful use of melody to carry big emotion throughout the score mixed with thoughts of current events in my mind, so that I was invested fully in the near three hour torrent of jealousy, fear, terror, anxiety, rage, anguish, hate, and love."
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Whitney Fishburn

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Never doubt the sheer power or the relevancy of a great work of opera. All you need for the first are extraordinary musicianship by a conductor, superb singers, and a stage director who can pull out performances of compelling dramatic truth. As for relevancy, the tag on the show's poster read, "In love or war, what do you stand for?" For artists and other citizens worldwide, asking this critical question has grown into a rallying cry and gives art and art-making an urgency now that perhaps for some time had dimmed."
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Susan Galbraith

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