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Posted on: Friday, March 10, 2006

Turbulent 'Tosca'

Advertiser Staff

Famed singer Tosca (Pamela South) has a plan to save her artist lover. Three performances of the opera are coming up at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

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Police chief Scarpia (Jake Gardner) is scheming against Tosca's lover.

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The sacristan (Wilber Pauley) appears in a scene with painter Mario Cavaradossi (Richard Crawley), Tosca's lover and a man with a secret.

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Beauty, passion, murder ... Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca," the final production of the Hawaii Opera Theatre's winter season, has it all.

It is the year 1800, Rome. The painter Mario Cavaradossi is the lover of famed singer Floria Tosca, whose jealousy is as explosive as her stage presence. Mario has a secret: He's helping an escaped political prisoner, Angelotti, who is pursued by the much-feared chief of police, Scarpia, and his henchman, Spoletta.

Scarpia wants Tosca for himself and uses the painter Mario as a pawn in his schemes. Tosca, however, has her own schemes to save her lover.

"Tosca" is being staged at 8 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Today's show is almost sold out; Sunday's is a sellout. Tickets are $29-$100. 596-7858, www.hawaiiopera.org.