The world-known Mexican baritone Carlos Almaguer will perform the role of Scarpia in Puccini’s masterpiece “Tosca” on 4 March at the Sofia Opera.
As Floria Tosca his partner will be Gabriela Georgirva, Mario Cavaradossi will be Daniel Damyanov, Angelotti – Petar Buchkov.
Conductor of the spectacle is Francesco Rosa. Director – Plamen Kartaloff.
Photo: L‘Opéra de Nice
Carlos Almaguer arrives for this participation in Sofia after according to a critique by Emmanuel Andrieu from “Opera Online”, in his four spectacles “he received the ovations of the audience in Nice”: “Greatest interest in this “Tosca”, production of Louis Désiré from l'Opéra de Marseilles, provoked Scarpia – the Mexican baritone Carlos Almaguer, undoubtedly one of the best holders of the role today. He has a well tempered timbre, a voice with a spectre, well defined in its colours, and a singing, carried out by a dramatic pulsation, which one can feel fast instinctively. His Scarpia, brutal still with his arrival in the church, terrifying during the “Te deum“, with a voice, projecting itself in the middle of this sound vortex, knows how to make himself cunning, cynical, perverse in Act II, without ever trying to impose himself with force against the orchestral exasperation, but interpreting the score the way it was written, i.e. trusting to the music. In brief, the reader must have understood that this “Tosca” was worthy before all because its Scarpia!”
Carlos Almaguer will be guest-performer for a second time at the Sofia Opera as Renato in the spectacle of “Un ballo in maschera” by Verdi on 9 March in the company of Gabriela Georgieva (Amelia), Kamen Chanev (Riccardo) and the debuting as Ulrica Vesela Yaneva. Conductor of the orchestra, the chorus and the ballet of the Sofia Opera will be Boris Spasov. Director of the production is Plamen Kartaloff.