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Opera Queensland presents the Te Deum from Puccini’s ‘Tosca’

The Te Deum
Act 1 of Puccini’s 'Tosca'
Performed by Opera Queensland's 2020 Regional Chorus

3rd November, 2020

After months of rehearsals and post-production work, we are delighted to present Project Tosca – a performance of the Te Deum from Act 1 of Puccini’s Tosca performed by our 2020 Regional Chorus.

Opera Queensland’s first digital community chorus features 85 Queensland artists from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Toowoomba, and the Gold Coast.

After online rehearsals, each artist recorded themselves singing the Te Deum before the individual recordings were brought together under the creative direction of Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director, Patrick Nolan.

Nolan worked closely with celebrated sound designer Geoff McGahn, videographer and lighting designer Mark Howett, video editor Max Mackenzie and associate director Laura Hansford to create the digital performance, which was conducted by Dane Lam with Musical Direction and Orchestration from Narelle French.

The Te Deum is the powerful closing piece of Act 1 of Tosca, the moment when Scarpia stands in the centre of a congregation in a church, singing praise to God while plotting to seduce Tosca and murder her lover.

Tosca’s experience as a woman who refuses to submit to a system that wants to mercilessly exploit her is a story that unfortunately continues to have resonance today.

Conductor – Dane Lam

Directors – Patrick Nolan and Laura Hansford

Musical Direction and Orchestration – Narelle French

Scarpia – José Carbó

Spoletta – Gregory Massingham

Video Design – Mark Howett

Sound Design – Geoff McGan

Video Editor – Max Mackenzie

Auslan Interpreter – Leanne Beer

Director, Learning Regional & Community – Mark Taylor

Coordinator, Learning Regional & Community – Amy Griffin

Tosca video – De Republica

Opera Queensland respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Lands across Queensland and pays respect to their ancestors who came before them and to Elders past, present and emerging. Opera Queensland respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Lands across Queensland and pays respect to their ancestors who came before them and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Opera Queensland greatly values the support of our Government Partners: Queensland Government, Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government and the Brisbane City Council.

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