Mill City Summer Opera: Tosca on the Mississippi

by John Birge, Minnesota Public Radio
July 10, 2014
LISTEN

St. Paul, Minn. — Mill City Summer Opera started two years ago with a new idea: Grand opera, performed outdoors, in the industrial ruins at the Mill City Museum along the Mississippi River. The perfect combination of summer atmosphere and great singers, all in an intimate space for an audience of only 350.

The first year was tragedy — I Pagliacci — and a huge success. Last year, the mood switched to comedy — The Barber of Seville — and tickets sold out within hours.

For 2014, it's a return to passion and tragedy in Puccini's classic Tosca, this time set in Italy in the dark days of 1943. Once again, Artistic Director David Lefkowich brought his singers to Classical MPR for conversation, and a sneak preview: a gorgeous love duet from soprano Jill Gardner and tenor Adam Diegel.

Audio produced by Mike Pengra.


comments powered by Disqus

On Now

Elena See
Listen to the Stream
  • Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" 11:18 Felix Mendelssohn
    Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Jaime Laredo
    Buy Now
  • Men of Harlech 11:12 John Thomas
    Lipman Harp Duo
    Sebastien Lipman, harp
    Buy Now
Playlist
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Classical Notes Blog

Read more