Photo: Ariele Doneson
|Scott Hendricks as Scarpia|
Jennifer Rowley as Tosca
Visually, this opera was a treat. The scenic design by Constantine Kritikos was quite beautiful, especially the Act I chapel scene. Acts II and III were quite effective, too. However, the moment in Act II where closing the window ends the cantata is less effective without an actual window. On the left side of the house no window was visible.
The costumes by Julie Winn were rich and beautiful, especially Tosca's dresses. Although wigs and makeup by Don & Linda Guillot were usually good, they didn't flatter Mr. Stewart as much as they did the other singers. In the dark lighting of Act III, he almost looked like a zombie.
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra played well under Robert Lyall, but one wished for more togetherness between the pit and the stage.
I regret that there is only one more performance of Tosca, but I encourage anyone who reads this before Sunday afternoon to see it.