Socially distanced Tosca at Northern Lights Music Festival
“[…] the Northern Lights Music Festival presented what was probably the first opera performed live in the US with an audience present since lockdown started. […] the choral parts for Tosca had been recorded.
The rest (heard at the second performance, on July 19) was raw, often riveting live music-making. At the heart of it were the ringing Cavaradossi of Rafael Davila and the combustible Tosca of Leah Crocetto. Had Covid not wiped her schedule, Crocetto would have been singing Aida at Sydney Opera House this summer. Instead she gave her all to Chía Patiño’s spare, intimate production, performing with consistent intensity and occasionally unleashing formidable amounts of sheer volume. “Visi d’Arte” was both nuanced and passionate, and while her Act 2 confrontation with Scarpia lacked up-close physicality—a sensible social distancing informed Patiño’s blocking of the singers—her vocal intensity compensated.”
“As Tosca, star soprano Leah Crocetto as Tosca was magnificent- the vocal line of this role shows off her impressive instrument. The difficulty of Tosca is her extreme jumping around the staff and her emotional characterization – typical of Puccini’s style. Even though I know the opera fairly well, her immediate and resonant access to the top of her range took me by surprise!”