TG Geeks Webcast Episode 414
The Two Gay Geeks 🏳️🌈 have a chat with each other about their experience attending the Arizona Opera production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” We were able to get a backstage tour as well as see both casts of the production. It was absolutely amazing, from the voices to the orchestra and the staging and scenery used. It was one of the highlights of our opera experiences. Arizona Opera and Joe Specter have hit a home run with “Tosca.” Have a listen, and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
Ben and Keith are The Two Gay Geeks behind TG Geeks Webcast, where our motto is “You name it, We talk about it.” ®
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Arizona Opera, originally the Tucson Opera Company, was founded in 1971 by a dedicated group of opera enthusiasts. Its inaugural season featured two performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in Tucson and by the 1976 – 1977 season Arizona Opera was performing complete seasons in both Tucson and Phoenix.
Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each year, and is among only a handful of companies in the U.S. that regularly performs in more than one city. Having just celebrated its 50th Anniversary Season, Arizona Opera mission is to elevate the transformative power of storytelling through music, cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home. Since its inaugural year in 1971, Arizona Opera has produced more than 200 operas and concerts. The company’s artistic history is rich with a blend of opera’s traditional repertoire featuring baroque, bel canto, and verismo works, turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and contemporary American operas.
A political thriller, set in Rome in June 1800, Tosca tells a story of passionate, yet tender love, jealousy, betrayal, lust, and self-sacrifice. Tosca’s action takes place over a span of less than 24 hours during the Napoleonic wars and amidst great political unrest, making it one of the most dramatic thrill rides in opera.
The plot centers around three main characters: Rome’s diva Floria Tosca, her lover Mario Cavaradossi, and the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia. Scarpia has long lusted after Tosca, and when he suspects Cavaradossi of assisting an escaped political prisoner, he seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. He will manipulate Tosca into revealing the prisoner’s hiding place and Cavaradossi’s involvement, so he can have Tosca for himself.
When Cavaradossi is captured, Scarpia offers Tosca a horrific bargain – she must give herself to Scarpia, or her lover is killed. What will she choose, and who will survive?
In our second segment, we chat briefly about how to see “Tosca” in Tucson, The “Carmen” Graphic Novel, and Mulligan’s Manor. We also highlight recent articles posted to tggeeks.com in the past week. As always, we have our birthdays, and we have the ever-popular feedback segment.
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Show Notes / Links:
- TG Geeks Episode 359
- TG Geeks Episode 410
- TG Geeks Episode 411
- TG Geeks Episode 413
- Ben’s Book Breakdown | The Eidolon is a thrilling debut to “Magnus Academy!”
- Ben’s “Gay” Book Breakdown | Tal Bauer Wins In Overtime with The Rest Of The Story
- Nerdy Chupacabras #135
- Disney+ Debuts Key Art and Trailer for Season 3 of Star Wars: The Mandalorian
- Andrea’s Angle | The Son – Tragic but Flat
- Hamish Downie’s Five Questions With Josef Steiff
- This Got Made hosted by Carlton Tetley – Season 4 – Episode 9 : The TRS-80 Whiz Kids
We want to bring attention to a Public Service Announcement from the ’90s featuring Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) of Star Trek: Discovery.
Beat the Bash – PSA from Mike Costanza on Vimeo.
This ’90s PSA (GLAAD, La Pietra Foundation, MTV) brings awareness to gay bashing.
Starring Wilson Cruz, Meredith Scott Lynn, and Joseph Reitman. Writer/Director: Mike Costanza.
Director of Photography: Brad Rushing. Producer: Cara Coslow.
- The Arkle Times Post Dispatch News – Brian, the &-list YouTuber on Twitter @G33kOfAllTrades — Be sure to take a look at Arkle’s other venture: Arkle Studios presents Shameless Cash Grab
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