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Adventures in Opera: Previews of The MetLive in HD - Tosca -- John Frey

January 23, 2020




 Wednesday, April 8, 2020  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Odd Fellows Hall, San Luis Obispo


$4 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members



Register Now for "Adventures in Opera -- Tosca -- on Brown Paper Tickets




Your favorite opera expert John Frey will be enhancing your enjoyment of the upcoming New York Met Opera Season Broadcasts that will be shown at the PAC at Cal Poly.  LLCC is sponsoring John's previews for each of these operas prior to their showings in the theater venues. The previews will be a discussion of the plots and characters that will prepare you to better understand and enjoy these new MET productions.




Tosca is an intense political thriller occurring in less than 24 hours. Baron Scarpia has long lusted after Rome’s diva, Floria Tosca, and when he suspects Tosca’s lover, Cavaradossi, of assisting an escaped political prisoner, he seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.


When Cavaradossi is captured, Scarpia offers Tosca a horrific bargain – she must give herself to Scarpia, or her lover is killed… what will she choose, and who will survive?


Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.Sung in Italian with English, German, Spanish, and Italian subtitles.



*LLCC previews at Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St, SLO

**Downtown Cinema (SLO), Galaxy (Atascadero)

***Performing Arts Center, Sponsored by Cal PolyArts, OperaSLO


Tickets for the actual The MetLive in HD showings must be purchased at the various venues independently of the fees for this preview course.


John Frey taught chemistry and engaged in chemical research for 45 years at several universities and is now retired.  He served on the Board of Directors of Festival Mozaic from 2014-2017, OperaSLO from 1999-present, Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast from 2012-present and SLO Master Chorale. He is a member of the Rotary Club of SLO.  He teaches courses on opera and musical theater for LLCC and OperaSLO. He has 70 years of choral experience and has performed in the chorus of OperaSLO. He has a lifelong passion for opera and musical theater.



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