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Finalmente Mia: A Dying Art is Revived with Maestro Anton Coppola’s Vision on the Upper East Side

During a radical time in the classical music world, Maestro Anton Coppola and Soprano Cheryl Warfieldunearth the ecstasy of opera on the afternoon of October 12th.

New York, NY, September 20, 2014 --( In the midst of current event stories that revolve around changes in our society, a lack of interest in classical music and strikes in the arts industry, one organization has managed to ring above the drama like a soprano mid-chorus. The Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera), led by soprano Cheryl Warfield, will premiere it’s production of Puccini’s Tosca on a Sunday evening in October, at Dicapo Opera Theatre.

With a full orchestra, chorus and a highly anticipated principal cast of singers of color, this concert performance will premiere on October 12, 2014 at 3:00pm with an encore on Wednesday, October 15th at 8:00pm. The renowned conductor and composer, Anton Coppola, has been engaged as maestro for this project. Cheryl Warfield, the producer of this concert and Executive Director of MORE Opera has converted non-opera listeners to aficionados and even singers since 2002.

“In a time when the mundane and ordinary are glorified through reality TV shows and unabashed texting, where much ado about nothing is extolled, the thought of sitting still and listening to voices with such control, power and projection may seem tedious. That's where I come in. I envision a world where everyone, rich or poor, young or old, artist or audience, can witness the transformative power of opera at least once. All we ask is that New Yorkers have open minds,” states producer of MORE Opera’s Tosca, Cheryl Warfield.

Turbulence and a lack of ticket purchases in the arts community has caused controversy but did not prevent MORE Opera from coordinating a two-night event with one of the classical world’s most renowned conductors: Maestro Anton Coppola. Coppola has spent some years envisioning a Tosca with non-traditional casting. It was not until he attended a MORE Opera concert last Fall, that he knew it was a possibility.“When I heard Cheryl sing Aida, I knew it was her. She was the one to take the lead of Floria Tosca and bring my unique vision to life,” states Coppola.

Serendipitously, in Act II of Tosca, Baron Scarpia bellows out “finalmente mia” which translates to finally mine. Tosca is quite the dream come true for both men; an interesting twist on life imitating art. With tickets starting at $40, this is an opportunity to witness a breath of true passion in the operatic world. A reserved amount of complimentary tickets will be distributed to community members & organizations who are interested in experiencing opera for the first time. Experiencing opera can only induce ecstasy if the passion behind the project is exemplary. Perhaps Finalmente mia, is what New York audiences finally need to devote time to the classical arts again.

Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble provides professional level & artistically satisfying opera performances to the public at affordable prices, setting new standards in musical programming and arts education in New York City. MORE Opera's Tosca is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

MORE Opera is not affiliated with Dicapo Theatre.
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