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Celebrating José Cura--Singer, Conductor, Director


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This week we start a retrospective of Tosca and, of course, our guided tour will be conducted under the auspices of our very our Floria Tosca!  And, yes, she is an absolute diva in all ways. 

José Cura's first staged performance as Mario Cavaradossi came in 1995 at the Torre del Lago Puccini Festival;  he repeated in 1997.  In between he debuted the role at the Royal Opera in Covent Garden and Vienna State Opera.  Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of documentation from that early period in José Cura's career, but we've dug deep and managed to find a few items.


Nabucco Rising!



















Next Performance - Concert in Prague

4 & 5 October



Important note:  If you have tickets, you are invited to a free pre-concert discussion with José Cura:


Meeting with the artists:

5. 10. 2017, 6.15 p.m. – Pattiserie Hall, Municipal House
free for ticket holders for this concert












"I feel very comfortable in Prague. I wish I could speak Czech and could build an even better relationship with Bohemia."

"Inspired by Medieval Prague, I incorporated into my ten-minute track a Modus for Chorus and Orchestra, which originates from Kyrie of the 10th century and will premiere it at the concerts with FOK in October. "

This premiere is 4 and 5 October in the Municipal House!






“Art is not fast food…” says José Cura.  “For me, the apparent ease in which everything is now wrapped up at first glance goes to the depth with which the art should be connected.”







Instagram -- by or about José Cura


















José Cura's First Fully Staged Tosca


Puccini Festival , Torre del Lago












Video Rarities





Puccini Spectacular 1996










Tosca Debut -- Royal Opera House 1996








Eye-opener still kept in the dark

John Higgins

25 April 1996

The Times

 The Royal Opera’s revival of Tosca in December was one of the most dismal nights of the season.  Considerable redress is now made with the present, final run of four performances, strongly cast and with each of the three principals playing their roles here for the first time.

Anthony Michaels-Moore has sung bits of Scarpia on record but until now not the whole role on stage.  From the moment in Act I when he emerges from shadows, of which there are more than enough during the evening, he scarcely puts an elegantly shod foot wrong.


José Cura, the Argentinian tenor, has been taking on new roles and new composers for the ROH at an exceptional rate.  Puccini’s Cavaradossi is the latest and he sings the painter with strong, burnished tones now expected of him.

Parts like Samson may have taken a bit of the lyricism form the voice, but Cura manages very well the gentle phrasings of memories and hopes in Act III.  But the victory cries of the middle act suggest that the heroic repertory will be his forte, in all senses of that word.

Cura added a nice dash of petulance in the opening scene with Tosca, remarking that he wants to get back to work and stop canoodling before the Madonna.  Tosca responds with equal irritation at such ungallant behavior.  She is sung by Nelly Miricioiu, a house favorite back in the 1980s and now returning after a long absence.  She remains a first rate actress…”Vissi d’arte” was taken too quietly for too long to cast it spell.

Here Edward Downes may have to take some of the blame.  He has been opera-hopping this month, declining Nabucco and taking over Tosca from Evelino Pido.  He took an almost serene view of Puccini, choosing slow tempos, full of orchestral colour but light on drama.  Perhaps he was numbed by a production which now covers much of the crucial action on darkness.

“José Cura as Cavaradossi possesses a crowd-pleasing Italianate sob and he let rip with a “Victory”cry that bounced off the back of the slips….”  Sunday Express Insider, April 1996









Calendar 2017








28, 31

La Bohème (production)




4, 7, 10, 16, 19

La Bohème (production)




19, 22, 25, 28


Salle Garnier Opera de Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo


8, 9

Concert:  Symphonic

(Ecco Homo)

Smetana Hall Municipal House



7, 10, 13, 26 

Peter Grimes (tenor, director, stage design)

Theater Bonn



3, 7, 9, 12, 14

La Bohème (production)




16, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29


Opera royal de Wallonie



8, 15 

Peter Grimes

Theater Bonn



4, 5

Concert:  Symphonic

Smetana Hall Municipal House



5, 10, 13. 16

Andrea Chénier

Teatro Colón

Buenos Aires








Find Cura on Wikipedia!


Want to know more about José Cura?  Check out his Wikipedia page (click on the photo and find out such neat things as.....

  • Full name:  José Luis Victor Cura Gómez
  • First starring role:  Bibalo's Signorina Julia, Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste, Italy, 1993
  • First performance in US:  Giordano's Fedora, Chicago Lyric, USA, 1994



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