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

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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.

Ticket Information

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].

Performance

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.

Puccini                                    TOSCA

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.

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