Freeze Frame Opera, 2019
Centenary Pavilion, Claremont Showgrounds, Perth WA
Director: Rachel McDonald
Writer: Giacomo Puccini
Design: Robbie Harold
Lighting Design: Jerry Reinhardt
Musical Direction: Tommaso Pollio
Tosca is opera’s closest thing to a thriller. Puccini’s late romantic opera with its jealous lovers, political activism and gender violence is set within Napoleon’s imminent invasion of Rome and unfolds in a seamless blend of arias, recitatives and choruses.
The design team have transformed the Centenary Pavilion at the Claremont Showgrounds into an opera set of cinematic proportions where director Rachel McDonald has updated the opera to the Cold War. In typical Freeze Frame Opera style the opera has been trimmed and subtitles adjusted to sharpen the action, but the key elements remain and purists won’t be offended.