Detroit, (May 26, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concludes a successful season with its first ever performance of Puccini’s masterwork opera in concert, Tosca, starring world-renowned soprano Patricia Racette singing the role of Tosca, great American tenor James Valenti as Cavaradossi and internationally-acclaimed American bass-baritone Raymond Aceto as Scarpia. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the DSO alongside the UMS Choral Union and Michigan State University Children’s Choir. The season finale concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., May 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sun., May 31 at 3 p.m.
Due to complications from a lingering illness, Eric Owens, who was originally cast to sing the role of Scarpia, regretfully had to withdraw from this performance. Internationally-acclaimed American bass-baritone Raymond Aceto has graciously stepped in to perform in his place.
One hour prior to each performance, DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will host a preconcert presentation in Orchestra Hall to discuss the program.
The Sunday afternoon performance will be webcast to a live worldwide audience via a Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcast. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concerts from your desktop or download the free DSO to Go mobile app for a portable concert experience.
Tickets to the Season Finale: Tosca in Concert performances at Orchestra Hall begin at $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or [email protected].
Season Finale: Tosca in Concert
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Patricia Racette, soprano
James Valenti, tenor
Raymond Aceto, bass-baritone
Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone
Corey Crider, baritone
Christopher Bozeka, tenor
Tyler Zimmerman, bass-baritone
Christopher Besch, bass-baritone
Abraham Frank, boy soprano
UMS Choral Union, chorus
Michigan State University Children’s Choir, children’s choir
Fri., May 29, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Sat., May 30, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Tosca ……………… Patricia Racette, soprano
Cavaradossi …….. James Valenti, tenor
Scarpia …………… Raymond Aceto, bass-baritone
Angelotti ………… Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone
Sacristan ………… Corey Crider, baritone
Spoletta ………….. Christopher Bozeka, tenor
Sciarrone ………….Tyler Zimmerman, bass-baritone
Jailer ………………..Christopher Besch, bass-baritone
Shepherd Boy ….. Abraham Frank, boy soprano
About The DSO
Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, the DSO is dedicated to touching lives around us by regularly visiting neighborhood concert venues, schools, senior living facilities, libraries, places of worship, and endless other intimate settings. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.