Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" is one of the all-time favorites of opera lovers. It tells the somewhat melodramatic story of a political prisoner who is pursued by the police chief Scarpia, and the singer Tosca who succumbs to Scarpia in an ill-fated attempt to secure her lover's escape.
Ah, the love song! Suitors have wooed women for centuries with a few sweet notes, and lovers have cried over broken hearts. With Valentine's Day around the corner, three opera singers pay tribute to the songs of love, from La Boheme to West Side Story.
When you hear the word "opera," do you think Verdi and Puccini? Or do you think of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in long braids and a Vikings helmet singing onstage? Well, no matter how fluent you are in opera, fear not! The Las Vegas Philharmonic is bringing the ancient art form to modern audiences with its show, "A Night at the Opera (For People Who Think They Hate Opera)." Conductor David Itkin and two opera singers join us to woo you to the operatic side.